Air Station New Orleans Change of Command Friday

NEW ORLEANS (D8 Public Affairs) – A change-of-command ceremony is scheduled for the commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans here Friday, July 18, at 11 a.m.

Cmdr. Edward J. Cubanski, of Norwich, Conn., previously the executive officer of Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., will relieve Capt. Thomas C. Hastings, Jr., of command of Air Station New Orleans. Rear Adm. Joel R. Whitehead, commander of Coast Guard District Eight, will preside over the ceremony.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored event, preserved by the rich heritage of naval tradition. It is a formal custom designed to strengthen the respect for authority, which is vital to any military organization. The climax of the ceremony is reached when both officers read their orders, face one another, salute and transfer responsibility for the command. This exchange provides the entire unit with the knowledge that an officer directed by proper authority is taking command and gives them the opportunity to witness the tranfer of responsibility.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans’ responsibility includes the area from Apalachicola, Fla., north to Mempthis, Tenn., and west to the Louisiana/Texas border along with thousands of offshore oil platforms. Within this area, the station’s missions include Homeland Security, Search and Rescue, and Law Enforcement. Additionally, the Air Station played a significant role during Hurricane Katrina, hoisting the first survivors, followed by saving over 7,100 lives in coordination with other Coast Guard air assets.

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