Coast Guard Air Station Detroit holds change-of-command ceremony

9th Coast Guard District NewsMT. CLEMENS, Mich. — Cmdr. Michael Platt transferred command of Coast Guard Air Station Detroit to Cmdr. Joseph Deer in a change-of-command ceremony on May 17, 2012, at the air station, located on Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

Platt will transfer to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he will be assigned as special assistant to the commandant.

Deer is assuming command as commanding officer of Air Station Detroit and is reporting from Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, where he was the operations officer and executive officer.

The change of command is a time-honored tradition and deeply rooted in Coast Guard and Naval history. The event signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command. The ceremony is witnessed by all members so that they all know exactly when the transfer of leadership takes place.

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