Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile transfers command

Coast Guard 8th District NewsMOBILE, Ala. – Capt. Thurman T. Maine relieved Capt. Steve C. Truhlar as commanding officer of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile in an official change-of-command ceremony, Friday.

Capt. Truhlar assumed command of ATC Mobile in June 2008, and will become the Chief of Operations at Coast Guard Atlantic Area in Portsmouth, Va.

As commanding officer, Truhlar was responsible for all Coast Guard aviation training and aviation operational capabilities development. During the the Deepwater Horizon incident, Truhlar directed more than 2,000 flight hours and 912 sorties that assisted in the containment and recovery of more than 39 million gallons of oily water along the Gulf Coast.

Capt. Maine is coming from the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C., where he was the Coast Guard Liaison Officer. His previous aviation tours included Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., ATC Mobile, Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., and Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans. Maine will be the 18th officer to serve as commanding officer of ATC Mobile.

ATC Mobile serves as both the Coast Guard’s aviation and capabilities development center and as an operational air station. Training is conducted to qualify Coast Guard pilots in the HU-25 Guardian, the HH-60 Jayhawk, the HH-65 Dolphin , the HC-130 Hercules, the HC-130J Hercules and the HC-144 Ocean Sentry.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition and deeply rooted in Coast Guard and history. The event signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command.

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