Coast Guard aviators welcome new commander in Houston

HOUSTON — A ceremony was held at Coast Guard Air Station Houston for a new commander to take charge of the unit and relieve his predecessor Thursday at Ellington Field.

Cmdr. Scott E. Langum relieved Cmdr. Eric S. Gleason, who will depart for the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., where he will attend Senior Service School for the next year.

Gleason was assigned as commanding officer of Air Station Houston in 2011 and was designated an aircraft commander in both the MH-65 Charlie and Delta model helicopters. Under his command, Air Station crews saved 168 lives.

As the commanding officer of Air Station Houston, Langum will oversee multi-mission operations including search and rescue, homeland security, and maritime environmental protection, spanning the areas from western Louisiana to southeast Texas.

Prior to assuming command of Air Station Houston, Langum served as both the Operations Officer and Executive Officer of Air Station Traverse City, Michigan. Langum was also selected as the Deputy Liaison to the United States Senate, from 2008 to 2010, where he oversaw all congressional engagements between the Coast Guard and the Senate, highlighted by the passage of the Coast Guard Authorization Bill and the confirmation of the service’s 24th Commandant.

Cmdr. Scott Langum requests permission to assume command of Air Station Houston during his change of command ceremony June 20, 2013. Langum will take over the duties and responsibilities of commanding officer from Cmdr. Eric Gleason. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Lehmann)

Cmdr. Scott Langum requests permission to assume command of Air Station Houston during his change of command ceremony June 20, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Lehmann)

Photos of the ceremony may be viewed at http://Flickr.com/CoastGuardNews

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