SAN PEDRO, Calif. – Coast Guard Station Los Angeles/Long Beach is scheduled to hold a change-of-command ceremony for the Officer in Charge, Friday, July 24, 2015.
Senior Chief Petty Officer David W. Bullard will transfer command to Senior Chief Petty Officer Matthew D. Vaughn, a native of Long Beach, during a change-of-command ceremony presided over by Capt. Jennifer F. Williams, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/ Long Beach.
Bullard has served as officer-in-charge of Station Los Angeles since 2011. Bullard joined the Coast Guard in 1991 and was assigned to Station Shark River, N.J., where he first became a boatswain mate. Throughout his career Bullard has served aboard several cutters including Assateague, Point Carew, Blacktip, Knight Island, and Ocracoke and also at several small boat stations. Bullard has received many awards during his service in the Coast Guard, including Commendation medals, a 911 medal, several Meritorious team ribbons, two sea service ribbons, a permanent Cutterman insignia, a permanent Boat Forces Gold and Pewter Insignia, and a permanent Coxswain device. Following the change-of-command ceremony, Bullard will be retiring after 24 years of service.
Station Los Angeles/ Long Beach will be Vaughn’s third command as officer-in-charge of a small-boat station. Vaughn served as officer-in-charge at Station Boston and Station Port Aransas, Texas.
The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition and deeply rooted in Coast Guard and Naval history. The event signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command. All available unit personnel attend the ceremony to witness the transfer of command.