Coast Guard Reserve Unit Joint Staff Suffolk gets new commanding officer

5th Coast Guard District News
SUFFOLK, Va. – Capt. Karl Leonard relieved Capt. Stash Pelkowski as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Unit Joint Staff Suffolk during a change of command ceremony Saturday in Suffolk.

Leonard recently served with Coast Guard Headquarters staff serving as the Coast Guard Yellow Ribbon Program Manager and Liaison Officer to the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Yellow Ribbon Reintigration Program.

The change of command ceremony conveys to the officers, enlisted members and civilian employees members of the Coast Guard that although the authority of command is relinquished by a leader and is assumed by another, it is still maintained without interruption.

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Capt. Karl Leonard relieved Capt. Stash Pelkowski as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Unit Joint Staff Suffolk during a change of command ceremony Saturday in Suffolk. The change of command ceremony conveys to the officers, enlisted members and civilian employees members of the Coast Guard that although the authority of command is relinquished by a leader and is assumed by another, it is still maintained without interruption. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn)  

Capt. Karl Leonard relieved Capt. Stash Pelkowski as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Unit Joint Staff Suffolk during a change of command ceremony Saturday in Suffolk. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn)

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