Crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber holds change of command ceremony

Southeastern Coast Guard News
MIAMI — Lt. Justin M. Matejka relieved Cmdr. Herbert H. Eggert as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber, the first fast response cutter to be commissioned, during a formal ceremony at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach,  Friday at 10 a.m.

Eggert has commanded the 154-foot Bernard C. Webber since July 2010. Eggert’s next assignment will be at the Office of Law Enforcement in Washington, DC.

Matejka is reporting to the Bernard C. Webber after being the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Baranof. He commanded the Baranof forward deployed at Patrol Forces Southwest Asia at Manama, Bahrain in support of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command  and Operation Enduring Freedom since April 2012.

Matejka is a 2005 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Software Design.  His afloat career began as an engineering officer in training aboard Coast Guard Cutter Thetis in Key West, Fla., while serving as damage control assistant, a deck watch officer and boarding officer.  Following tours included serving as the executive officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter Tempest and Coast Guard Cutter Zephyr in Pascagoula, Miss., from 2007 to 2009. Matejka was assigned to the Seventh Coast Guard District Command Center as a command duty officer in Miami from 2009 to 2012.

His personal awards include two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Navy/Marine Corp Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and a Commandant’s Letters of Commendation.

Matejka is a native of Florida, and is married to the former Ashley Pfenning.  They have one child, Callen.

The Bernard C. Webber is a 154-foot  fast response cutter homeported in Miami, Fla.

Cmdr. Herbert H. Eggert, former commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber (left), stands with Lt. Justin M. Matejka, new commanding officer of the cutter Bernard C. Webber (right), in front of the cutter after a formal change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, June 21, 2013. The change of command ceremony is a time honored tradition of the sea-going services that formally restates the continuity of command to the officers and crew. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon-Paul Rios)   Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/image/958510/coast-guard-cutter-bernard-c-webber-change-command#.UcSR0Y5TMfM#ixzz2WsGAArXh

Cmdr. Herbert H. Eggert, former commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber (left), stands with Lt. Justin M. Matejka, new commanding officer of the cutter Bernard C. Webber (right), in front of the cutter after a formal change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, June 21, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon-Paul Rios)

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