Coast Guard Sector Columbia River holds change of command in Warrenton

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WARRENTON, Ore. — Coast Guard Capt. Bruce Jones passed command of Coast Guard Sector Columbia River to Capt. Daniel Travers during a ceremony held at the Coast Guard base in Warrenton Friday.

During an official change of command ceremony officiated over by Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich, commander, 13th Coast Guard District, Jones passed his command to Travers.

With a salute, Coast Guard Capt. Bruce Jones (left) passes his command of Sector Columbia River to Capt. Daniel Travers during the sector's change of command ceremony held in Warrenton, Ore., June 27, 2014. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich, commander, Thirteenth Coast Guard District, oversaw the proper change of command from Jones to Travers. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley)

With a salute, Coast Guard Capt. Bruce Jones (left) passes his command of Sector Columbia River to Capt. Daniel Travers during the sector’s change of command ceremony held in Warrenton, Ore., June 27, 2014. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley

After serving for more than 30 years, Jones is retiring from the Coast Guard. Jones logged more than 5,600 flight hours during his career, having piloted H-52, TH-57, MH-56 Dolphin and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters. He and his family have bought a home and are settling in the Astoria area.

Travers transferred from Juneau, Alaska, where he previously served as the chief of the incident management branch for the 17th Coast Guard District. During this time he was responsible for the oversight, prosecution and crisis planning for incident response in an area covering more than 3.8 million square miles of ocean and 44,000 miles of coastline.

The change of command is a time-honored tradition. Conducted before the assembled unit, this formal military ritual defines the precise instant of transfer of authority, and represents a transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from on individual to another.

The formal change of command ceremony symbolizes to the maritime community and to command personnel that readiness, service and mission execution will continue seamlessly throughout the command transition.

Click the photo for more from the ceremony.

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