Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach changes command

5th Coast Guard District NewsWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. – Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach held a change of command ceremony, here, Tuesday.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Eric D. Floyd turned over command of the station to Senior Chief Petty Officer Mathew J. Coppola.

Coppola, from Monmouth Beach, N.J., joined the Coast Guard in May 1989. His previous officer in charge assignments include officer-in-charge of the Coast Guard Cutter Beluga, homeported in Little Creek, Va., and officer in charge of the Coast Guard Cutter Finback, homeported in Cape May, N.J.

His personal awards include three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, one Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and four Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, all with the operational distinguishing device.

Coppola graduated the Chief Petty Officer’s Academy September 2003.

Floyd is from Whiteville, N.C., and enlisted August 1987. He is retiring after 29 years of service in the Coast Guard, Army Reserve and Navy. Floyd and his wife Jennifer plan to remain in Beaufort, N.C. after retirement. Floyd became officer-in-charge of Station Wrightsville Beach in 2007. His previous officer in charge assignments include, Station Fort Macon, N.C., Station Emerald Isle, N.C., and Station Philadelphia.

Through his years of service Floyd has earned three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Coast Guard Letter of Commendation, and various unit specific awards.

Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach is charged with patrolling the waters from Topsail Island to Cape Fear. Missions include search and rescue and law enforcement.

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