Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment transfers command during ceremony

Capt. William Timmons, commander Sector Columbia River, Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Condit, commanding officer Station Cape Disappointment and Lt. Jessica Shafer salute the flag during the playing of the national anthem at the station's change of command ceremony held in Ilwaco, Wash., June 18, 2018. Shafer relieved Condit as commanding officer of Station Cape Disappointment during the ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

Capt. William Timmons, commander Sector Columbia River, Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Condit, commanding officer Station Cape Disappointment and Lt. Jessica Shafer salute the flag during the playing of the national anthem at the station’s change of command ceremony held in Ilwaco, Wash., June 18, 2018.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

WARRENTON, Ore. — The crew of Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment received a new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony, Monday, at the station’s property in Ilwaco, Washington.

During the traditional military ceremony, Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Condit transferred command to Lt. Jessica Shafer as Capt. William Timmons, commander Sector Columbia River, presided.

Shafer most recently served as executive officer at Station Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Shafer received her officer commissioning in 2013 after starting her Coast Guard in 2002 as an enlisted member. Her first assignment out of Training Center Cape May, New Jersey was at the National Motor Lifeboat School, which is co-located with Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco. During her enlisted career, Shafer earned her coxswain, heavy weather coxswain, tactical coxswain, and surfman qualifications as well as multiple boarding officer certifications.

Condit will be reporting to the International Training Division at Training Center Yorktown, Va., as the branch chief of the Mobile Training Team.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition deeply rooted in Coast Guard and Naval history. The event signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command. The ceremony is attended by all members of the unit so they all witness the transfer of leadership.

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