Coast Guard Cutter Steelhead to hold change of command

PORT ARANSAS, Texas (D8 Public Affairs) – The Coast Guard Cutter (CGC) Steelhead is scheduled to host a change-of-command ceremony at the City Pavilion in Port Aransas, Texas, July 15 at 10 a.m.

During the change-of-command ceremony, Lt. j.g. Dan Kilcullen will assume the responsibilities of commanding officer of CGC Steelhead from Lt. Brandon Fisher. Capt. Robert Paulison, Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi commander, is scheduled to preside over the ceremony.

CGC Steelhead is one of four 87 foot long coastal patrol boats which patrol the Gulf of Mexico between the Colorado River and the Mexico border. The cutter’s primary missions include search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, and defense readiness. Built in 2000, CGC Steelhead has a crew of 12 and is one of the newest, most technologically sophisticated ships in the Coast Guard.

Lt. j.g. Dan Kilcullen, the incoming commanding officer, is a native of West Chester, Pennsylvania. His previous tour was as 1st Lieutenant aboard the CGC Diligence in Wilmington, Delaware. He was a member of the Non-Compliant Go-Fast Pursuit Team, interdicting five go-fast boats and more than two tons of cocaine in the Florida Straits. He and his wife, Rebecca Allen, are both looking forward to life in the Coastal Bend community.

Lt. Brandon Fisher, the departing commanding officer, is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, and a graduate of the Ray High School class of 1999. Lt. Fisher is proud to have had the opportunity to serve the community in which he grew up. He will begin a Coast Guard-funded postgraduate program in Marine Affairs/Living Marine Resources at the University of Washington in Seattle this fall.

The change-of-command is a time-honored tradition that formally restates to the officers and enlisted personnel of the unit the continuity and authority of command. It is a formal ritual conducted before the assembled personnel of the unit.

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