WARRENTON, Ore. — Capt. Daniel Travers passed command of Coast Guard Sector Columbia River to Capt. William Timmons during a ceremony held at the Coast Guard base in Warrenton Friday.
The formal change of command ceremony, officiated over by Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich, commander, Coast Guard 13th District, symbolizes to the maritime community and to command personnel that readiness, service and mission execution will continue seamlessly throughout the command transition.
After serving for 26 years, Travers is retiring from the Coast Guard and staying locally in Astoria to fly and manage Life Flight Network. Travers logged more than 3,800 flight hours during his career, having attained qualifications on the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter.
Timmons is arriving from the Coast Guard Pacific Area Command, in Alameda, California, as the chief of the future operations branch. His duties included developing and executing a strategic framework to prioritize mission requirements and allocating resources in support of the Coast Guard’s Western Hemisphere and Arctic strategies, as well as, incorporation of international partnerships that advanced maritime safety and security across the Pacific Theater.
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 one individual to another.