Coast Guard MSST Galveston to hold change of command ceremony

Coast Guard 8th District NewsGalveston – Coast Guard MSST Galveston will be holding a change of command ceremony, during which Lt. Cmdr. Chad Holm will assume the responsibilities of commanding officer from Cmdr. Adrian West. Capt. Eugene Gray, commanding officer of the Deployable Operations Group from Washington, D.C., will preside over the ceremony.

Under West’s command, MSST Galveston has provided special Coast Guard capabilities designed to close the readiness gaps in the nation’s strategic ports. MSST Galveston personnel are trained in maritime law enforcement practices and policies, enabling the unit to augment Coast Guard forces during major marine events, contingencies, and other law enforcement operations in ports, harbor, internal waterways and coastal regions.

MSST Galveston has been credited with seizing $45 million in drugs; handling security for the 2008 Presidential Inauguration, the 2009 Superbowl and the 2010 winter Olympics, and completing a 6-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in support of waterborne anti-terrorism and force protection for Naval Base Guantanamo Bay and Join Task Force Guantanamo.

“I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve with this crew,” said West. It has been an honor to have held command of MSST Galveston. This team has truly been responsible for some of the most impressive accomplishments.”

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