Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell transfers command

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard NewsPORTLAND, Ore. — Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan A. Placido assumed command of Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell in Portland during a change of command ceremony held at Marine Safety Unit, Portland, Friday.

Placido replaces Chief Warrant Officer Juan J. Rivera who will transfer to Cutter Healy in Seattle.

Placido, who joined the Coast Guard in 1981, previously served aboard Cutter Healy. His assignments include Cutter Planetree, Juneau, Alaska, Station Chetco River, Brookings, Ore., Station Depoe Bay, Ore., Station Quillayute River, Lapush, Wash., Cutter Mobile Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Wis., Cutter Gasconade, Omaha, Neb.; Cutter Buckthorn, Sault Saint Marie, Mich., and Group Humboldt Bay, McKinleyville, Calif.

In addition to the Permanent Cutterman & Surfman Insignias, Placido has been awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal (4 awards), Commandant’s Letter of Commendation (5 awards), and other personal, unit and service awards.

The Change of Command Ceremony is a time-honored tradition which formally restates, to the officers and crew of the command, the continuity of the authority vested in the Commanding Officer. This unique military ritual represents a total transfer of responsibility, authority, and accountability from one leader to the next.

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