Coast Guard Base Alameda welcomes new commanding officer

Capt. Jonathan Hickey, commanding officer of Coast Guard Base Alameda, Rear Adm. James Heinz, director of Operational Logistics, and Capt. Michael Woolard, former commanding officer of Base Alameda, pose during a change of command ceremony held at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., July 15, 2015. Hickey assumed the duties and responsibilities from Woolard as commanding officer of Base Alameda. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart)

Capt. Jonathan Hickey, Rear Adm. James Heinz, and Capt. Michael Woolard, former commanding officer of Base Alameda, pose during a change of command ceremony held at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., July 15, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart)

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Capt. Jonathan P. Hickey relieved Capt. Michael L. Woolard and assumed command of Coast Guard Base Alameda during a change of command ceremony held at Coast Guard Island, Wednesday.

Rear Adm. James M. Heinz, director of Operational Logistics, presided over the ceremony.

Prior to reporting to Base Alameda, Hickey served as the commanding officer of the Project Resident Office in Lockport, Louisiana where he oversaw production of the Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter shipbuilding program.

Woolard is assigned to Coast Guard Pacific Area as Resource Management Division Chief.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition and formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of a command to confirm to the men and women of the unit that the authority of command is maintained.
The ceremony is a transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

Base Alameda was established in Feb. 15, 2014, and provides a wide variety of services in direct support of Coast guard activities throughout the West Coast.

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