Coast Guard Base Alameda welcomes new commanding officer

11th Coast Guard District NewsALAMEDA, Calif. – Coast Guard Base Alameda welcomed its new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony held on Coast Guard Island, Thursday, May 3.

Capt. Michael Woolard relieved Capt. Gary Spenik, who has served in Alameda since June 2011 when Coast Guard Base Alameda was known as Coast Guard Base Support Unit Alameda prior to being reorganized in 2012.

Woolard’s previous assignment was Executive Officer of Civil Engineering Unit Oakland, Calif. His first assignment was on the Coast Guard Cutter Chilua followed by the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast. Other assignments include Training Center Petaluma, Integrated Deepwater System at Coast Guard Headquarters, Integrated Support Center Kodiak, Civil Engineering Unit Miami and Office of Engineering at Coast Guard Headquarters.

Woolard graduated in 1990 from the United States Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He went on to receive his Masters Degree in Civil Engineering in 1996 from the University of Illinois.

Spenik will be retiring after 27 years. His immediate plans are to spend time with his family while remaining in the Alameda area.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition, which formally restates that the continuity of command will be maintained. It is a formal ritual, conducted before the assembled company of command. It conveys to the officers, enlisted personnel, civilian employees, and auxiliary members of the Coast Guard that although the authority of command is relinquished by one person and is assumed by another, it is still maintained without interruption.

Base Alameda is located on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif. Established Feb. 15, 2012, Base Alameda provides a wide variety of services in direct support of Coast Guard activities throughout the West Coast. As with all Coast Guard units, a day in Base Alameda is like no other unit. Every day colors are observed, galley meals are served, hundreds of vehicles are checked as they pass through the security gate, contracts and purchase orders are processed, maintenance work orders are done, port and base security are maintained, tons of materials are stored and moved in and out of the warehouse, industrial support and Maintenance Augmentation Teams are provided throughout the West Coast.

There are five departments and two units within Base Alameda.

Electronics Support Unit Alameda—Supports our operational partners by maximizing C4IT readiness through the installation, maintenance, and repair of Coast Guard standard C4IT systems, providing timely and comprehensive depot level support within District 11 area of operations.

Naval Engineering Support Unit Alameda—Provides hull, mechanical and electrical; ordinance maintenance augmentation to specific cutters; Industrial Support Activities; and Maintenance Augmentation Teams.

Facilities Engineering—Responsible for the maintenance and care of all CG Island Facilities, including both preventive and recurring unit level maintenance.  Ensures that facilities and utilities are adequate for over 2,100 tenants in regards to heating, air condition, and ventilation.  Manages safety and environmental programs including life safety issues and environmental compliance.

Personnel Support—Provides and manages support in Personnel Services, Decedent Affairs, Housing, Transportation, Education,  Morale, Recreation & Welfare, Child Development Center, and Temporary Duty Management.

Comptroller/Base Operations—Manages a 15.5 million dollar budget for all the Base services/operations, housing maintenance and shore energy accounts.  Provides security, emergency contingency preparations, and port services.

Procurement & Contracting—Provides supplies, services, and construction contracting (<$150K) for its numerous customers under direction and guidance from the Base Commanding Officer and the Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center (SILC)-Base Support.  Maintains Purchase Card program.

Health Safety & Work Life—Provides primary care medical, dental,  optical, acute care pharmacy, and specialty referral.  Assistance and training provided for Employee, Family, Special Needs, Transition, Career, and Health concerns.

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