Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod to hold change of command

SANDWICH, Mass. – Captain David Throop will relieve Rear Admiral Dan Abel as commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod during a change of command ceremony at hanger 3172 at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Code April 22, 2010 at 10 a.m.

Captain Throop is reporting aboard having just served as the chief of officer personnel, Coast Guard Personnel Service Center in Arlington, Va., where he was responsible for all selection boards, promotions, assignments, career management, evaluations, separations, and retirements for the Coast Guard officer and warrant officer corps.

Rear Admiral Abel assumed command of Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod on June 27, 2007. His command provided all aviation support to the Coast Guard First District, an area of responsibility that extends across eight Northeastern states and along 2,000 miles of coastline from the U.S.-Canadian border to northern New Jersey. Rear Admiral Abel’s next assignment will be at USAF NORTHCOM in Colorado Springs, CO.

Rear Admiral Joseph Nimmich, commander First Coast Guard District, will preside over the ceremony.

The Change of Command is a time-honored tradition that ensures the continuity of command. It is a formal ceremony conducted before the entire crew. The ceremony marks the transfer of total responsibility, authority, and accountability for the air station and the accomplishment of its assigned mission. It is conducted according to a formally prescribed ritual, to honor and maintain traditions of the service.

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