Coast Guard Cutter William Flores to hold change of command in Miami

Coast Guard Cutter William Flores file photo

Coast Guard Cutter William Flores file photo

MIAMI — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter William Flores is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony Friday in Miami.

Coast Guard Lt. Eric P. Balcunas will relieve Lt. Cmdr. Adam A. Paul as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter William Flores.

Lt. Eric P. Balcunas is a native of Davie, Florida. He graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in marine transportation and was commissioned as an ensign through the Maritime Graduate Direct Commission Program. Balcunas comes to the cutter William Flores from the National Command Center at Coast Guard Headquarters as a command duty officer.

Lt. Cmdr. Adam A. Paul has served as the commanding officer of the cutter William Flores since July of 2015. Paul graduated cum laude from The Citadel in 2005 with a degree in political science and was commissioned as an ensign through the Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in 2006. Paul reported to the cutter William Flores after being deployed to Patrol Forces Southwest Asia as the liaison to the commander of Destroyer Squadron Five Zero.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored military tradition. It is a formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of the command. It conveys to officers and enlisted personnel of the cutter that although the authority of command is relinquished by one person and assumed by another, it is still maintained without interruption.

The Coast Guard Cutter William Flores is a 154-foot fast response cutter homeported in Miami.

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