Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles to hold Change-of-Command

LOS ANGELES — The command of Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles will be transferred from Capt. Salvatore Palmeri to Cmdr. Michael Trimpert in a ceremony to be held July 7 at 10 a.m. at the Coast Guard air station at Los Angeles International Airport.

Cmdr. Trimpert graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1992 and completed Naval Flight School in 1995. He has served as Assignment Officer at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, Operations Officer at Air Station San Francisco, and Chief of Incident Management for Coast Guard operations at District 17. He has served with distinction and honor throughout his career, earning four Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Medal, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, four Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and various other personal and unit awards. On July 7, Cmdr. Trimpert will become the commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles.

Capt. Salvatore Palmeri enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1975 and completed Officer Candidate School in 1987. Capt. Salvatore served as Aeronautical Engineering Officer in Humboldt Bay, Calif. and Atlantic City, N.J., as well as Deepwater Division Chief and Executive Officer of the Aircraft Repair and Supply Center in Elizabeth City, N.C., among many other notable duty assignments. During the course of his career, he has earned the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, and three Coast Guard Commendation Medals. He has served honorably as commanding officer of Air Station Los Angeles since 2007 and will soon transfer to Coast Guard District 13 where he will serve as Incident Management Branch Chief.

Air Station Los Angeles was officially commissioned on November 15, 1962. The Air Station responsibilities include search and rescue, law enforcement, Aids to Navigation, environmental response, and military operations. Air Station Los Angeles is responsible for protecting the coastal area of Southern California from Dana Point to Morro Bay.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored event preserved by the rich heritage of naval tradition. It is a formal custom that culminates when both officers read their orders, face one another and salute. This signifies that the official transfer of command responsibility is complete.

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