AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico — Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen welcomed a new commanding officer Friday and bid farewell to the outgoing commanding officer during a change of command ceremony at the unit aircraft hangar in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
Capt. Keith A. Overstreet, new commanding officer for Air Station Borinquen, relieved Capt. Patricia A. McFetridge, who was recognized and presented with the Meritorious Service Medal for her successful accomplishments during her three-year tour in Puerto Rico.
Rear Adm. Scott Buschman, Coast Guard Seventh District commander, presided over the ceremony.
Overstreet assumes command of approximatel 130 Coastguardsmen and civilians, who along with the unit’s four MH-65D Dolphin helicopters, conduct search and rescue, law enforcement, homeland security, marine environmental protection, alien migrant interdiction, and counterdrug missions throughout the Eastern Caribbean area of responsibility, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Overstreet arrives to Air Station Borinquen following a successful assignment at the Coast Guard Headquarters Engineering and Logistics Directorate in Washington D.C., where he served as the Deputy of the Aeronautical Engineering Program.
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve the men and women of Air Station Borinquen and the public as a Coast Guard unit commanding officer,” said Overstreet. “I am committed to our Air Station Borinquen family and to maximizing the capability the capacity of the unit to provide a vital service on this beautiful island and throughout the Caribbean.”
In her final address as commanding officer, McFetridge highlighted the numerous accomplishments of the unit and thanked the members for their service.
“Being one of the lucky few who have had the privilege of serving as the commanding officer of Air Station Borinquen is an honor I will remember forever,” said McFetridge. “The unit has done an outstanding job of supporting our national goals and strategies, while performing a critical service ensuring the safety of personnel and property throughout this Caribbean area of responsibility.”
McFetridge attributed the unit’s successes to the ‘service above self’ commitment of the men and women of the Coast Guard who are stationed in Puerto Rico and in the US Virgin Islands, and to the dedicated professionalism of all the Federal and Commonwealth partners.
“Working as a team, we achieved amazing results and forged bonds that will remain strong for years to come, said McFetridge. “I am truly grateful for the experiences and friendships that have enriched my life over the past 3 years.”
A military unit’s change of command ceremony is a time honored tradition which encompasses the transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.