Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City holds change of command

Capt. Joseph Deer, commanding officer of Air Station Elizabeth CIty, shakes hands with Capt. Richard Craig during Air Station Elizabeth City change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, June 09, 2017. Craig retired after serving nearly 27 years in the Coast Guard and turned over command of Air Station Elizabeth City during the ceremony.U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Aux. David Lau U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Aux. David Lau.

Capt. Joseph Deer, commanding officer of Air Station Elizabeth CIty, shakes hands with Capt. Richard Craig during Air Station Elizabeth City change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, June 09, 2017.  U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Aux. David Lau U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Aux. David Lau.

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — Capt. Joseph E. Deer relieved Capt. Richard S. Craig and assumed command of Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City during a change of command ceremony at the air station, Friday.

Capt. Deer most recently served as chief of the incident management branch for the Coast Guard 17th District in Juneau, Alaska, where he was responsible for search and rescue, law enforcement, fisheries and marine environmental protection.

The change of command is a time-honored tradition that ensures the continuity of command. It is a formal ceremony conducted before the assembled company of the unit that marks the transfer of total responsibility, authority, and accountability for the air station from one individual to another.

Immediately following the change of command, a retirement ceremony was held for Capt. Craig.

Capt. Craig assumed command of Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City in June 2014 and retires with nearly 27 years of active duty military service. Craig’s personal awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals and other military awards.

Rear Adm. Meredith Austin, commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District, presided over the ceremony.

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