Change of Command at Station Seattle

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard welcomed Lt. Melanie Burnham to Station Seattle and said farewell to Lt. Matt Baer during a Change of Command ceremony at Integrated Support Command Seattle today.

Lt. Baer served at Station Seattle for three years and is leaving to pursue a master’s degree at Harvard. His personal decorations include a permanent Boat Forces pin, the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the 9-11 Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, five Meritorious Team Ribbons and numerous service and unit awards. He is a recipient of the Department of Transportation Secretary’s Partnering in Excellence Award and the Coast Guard Office of Boat Forces “Soul of the Service” Award.

Lt. Burnham comes to Seattle from Boston where she served as a search and rescue controller and command duty officer at the First District Command Center in Boston. Her personal decorations and awards include two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Commandant’s Letter of Commendation awards and two Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals.

SEATTLE - Lt. Matt Baer inspects his crew one last time before turning command of Coast Guard Station Seattle over to Lt. Melanie Burnham Thursday.  The station mascot, a cardboard cutout of John Wayne, was placed among the crew during the change of command ceremony at Integrated Support Command Seattle.

SEATTLE – Lt. Matt Baer inspects his crew one last time before turning command of Coast Guard Station Seattle over to Lt. Melanie Burnham Thursday.  The station mascot, a cardboard cutout of John Wayne, was placed among the crew during the change of command ceremony at Integrated Support Command Seattle.  “The Duke” served as inspiration to Lt. Baer and his crew during Baer’s three-year stint at the station.

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