Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, NJ, transfers command

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard NewsATLANTIC CITY, N.J. ─ Coast Guard Station Atlantic City held a change of command ceremony at the station, Friday at 10 a.m.

Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey L. Craig transferred the duties and responsibilities of commanding officer to Lt. Commander K. Moore during the ceremony, in which Capt. Kathleen Moore, commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, in Philadelphia, served as presiding officer.

“This recognition is really a reflection of my crew’s hard work,” said Craig. “When I assumed command of this unit back in 2009, the crew exceeded my expectations in every way.”

Moore takes command of the station after serving as the military aide to Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker, commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area and Coast Guard Defense Force East. Parker serves as operational commander for all Coast Guard missions ranging from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf, and spans across five Coast Guard districts and 40 states.

Station Atlantic City is crewed by 52 active duty men and women, as well as 22 enlisted reservists. The unit also draws support from five Coast Guard Auxiliary flotillas.

The crew’s missions include search and rescue, law enforcement and environmental protection for approximately 250 square miles of ocean, back bays and inlets.

The unit also operates a seasonal rescue station, Station Great Egg, in nearby Ocean City, N.J. Together the units conduct about 400 search and rescue cases a year.

The change of command ceremony is a time honored naval tradition that formally acknowledges the transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

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