Coast Guard Commandant presides over Auxiliary Change of Watch

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ST. LOUIS — Coast Guard Commandant Bob Papp presided over the Coast Guard Auxiliary Change of Watch ceremony for Immediate Past National Commodore James Vass Jr. and National Commodore Thomas Mallison in St. Louis Friday.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary Change of Watch is the tradition of passing leadership and authority and occurs every two years.

After the ceremony Adm. Papp presented certificates to the newly elected and appointed Coast Guard Auxiliary commodores and held an all hands meeting with national and regional leaders and members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Also in attendance was Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt as well as numerous other Coast Guard leadership.

Coast Guard Commandant Bob Papp proceeds over the Coast Guard Auxiliary Change of Watch ceremony for Immediate Past National Commodore James Vass Jr. (right) to National Commodore Thomas Mallison (left) in St. Louis Jan. 25, 2013. The Coast Guard Auxiliary Change of Watch is the passing of leadership and occurs every two years. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ayla Kelley.

Coast Guard Commandant Bob Papp presides over the Coast Guard Auxiliary Change of Watch ceremony for Immediate Past National Commodore James Vass Jr. (right) to National Commodore Thomas Mallison (left) in St. Louis Jan. 25, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ayla Kelley.

Coast Guard Commandant Bob Papp presents certificates the newly elected and appointed Coast Guard Auxiliary commodores after the Auxiliary Change of Watch ceremony in St. Louis Jan. 25, 2013. The members will be the national leadership of the Coast Guard Auxiliary from 2012 to 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ayla Kelley.

Coast Guard Commandant Bob Papp presents certificates to the newly elected and appointed Coast Guard Auxiliary commodores after the Auxiliary Change of Watch ceremony in St. Louis Jan. 25, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ayla Kelley.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt speaks at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Change of Watch ceremony for Immediate Past National Commodore James Vass Jr. to National Commodore Thomas Mallison in St. Louis Jan. 25, 2013. The Coast Guard Auxiliary Change of Watch is the passing of leadership and occurs every two years. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ayla Kelley.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt speaks at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Change of Watch ceremony  in St. Louis Jan. 25, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ayla Kelley.

Coast Guard Commandant Bob Papp speaks to the national and regional leaders and members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary following an Auxiliary Change of Watch ceremony in St. Louis Jan. 25, 2013. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard established in 1939. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ayla Kelley.

Coast Guard Commandant Bob Papp speaks to the national and regional leaders and members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary following an Auxiliary Change of Watch ceremony in St. Louis Jan. 25, 2013.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ayla Kelley

 

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