Air Station Savannah Hosting Change of Command

SAVANNAH, Ga. (CG Public Affairs) – A change of command ceremony is scheduled to be held at Coast Guard Air Station Savannah Friday at 11:00 a.m.

Cmdr. Anthony J. Vogt will be relinquishing command to Cmdr. Donna L. Cottrell, after serving as the commanding officer of Air Station Savannah since June 2006. The keynote speaker at the ceremony will be Rear Adm. Robert Branham Commander, Coast Guard Seventh District.

Vogt graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government. Prior to his assignment as the commanding officer of Air Station Savannah, he served as the engineering officer at Air Station Clearwater. He is leaving Savannah to attend the National War College in Washington, D.C.

Cottrell graduated from Ohio University in 1982. She then joined the Coast Guard Reserve in 1983, completed Coast Guard officer candidate school and received her commission in 1987. During her 15-year aviation career in the Coast Guard, she has been a flight instructor, operations officer, administration officer and the chief of the information systems division where she was responsible for all information technology support for Coast Guard aviation.

Under Vogt’s command, Air Station Savannah has saved or assisted the lives of more than 600 people, provided aircraft and personnel for law enforcement deployments aboard Coast Guard cutters, NASA shuttle launches and our Nation’s Capitol Region.

The commanding officer of Air Station Savannah is directly responsible for five HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopters and more than 140 personnel. The Air Station conducts missions ranging from homeland security to search and rescue from the northern border of South Carolina to Melbourne, Fla.

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