Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless to hold change of command in Galveston

Coast Guard 8th District NewsThe Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Galveston, will host a change of command ceremony during which, Cmdr. James E. Andrews will officially retire and transfer commanding officer duties to Cmdr. John W. Pruitt, III. Read Adm. Kevin Cook, depute commanding officer of Coast Guard Atlantic Area will preside over the ceremony.

Pruitt, a native of Atlanta, Ga., is a 1994 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy. His most recent assignment was as the executive officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell, a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Alameda, Calif.

Upon retirement, Andrews will remain in the Houston area, spending time with family and friends. Andrews spent two years as the commanding officer of Dauntless, and reflects fondly of his time spent on the cutter.

We know the people of Texas recognize the Coast Guard’s value because of the warm welcome we have received here,” said Andrews. “My biggest hope is that more Americans come to understand and appreciate the huge value that the Coast Guard represents to this nation, and the costs borne by those men and women, and their families, to do what they do. These great young patriots never question it, they just get the job done. I am proud to have been counted among them.”

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