Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay to hold change of command

ASTORIA, Ore. – Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Michael P. Leavitt will transfer command of Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay, Ore., to Master Chief Petty Officer Michael T. Saindon in a change of command ceremony scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., Friday, July 17, 2009.

Capt. Peter Troedsson, Commander of Coast Guard Group Astoria, is scheduled to preside over the ceremony.

Leavitt served as the officer in charge of Station Tillamook Bay since July 2, 2007. Saindon is coming from Station Noya River, Fort Bragg, Calif., where he served as the officer in charge.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored event preserved by the rich heritage of naval tradition. It is a custom that is formal and following military protocol is designed to strengthen the respect for the continuity of command that is vital to any military organization. The culmination of the ceremony is reached when both officers read their orders, face one another, salute, and transfer responsibility of command. This provides the entire command with the knowledge and the opportunity to witness that the officer directed by proper authority is taking command.

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