National Motor Lifeboat School at Cape Disappointment, Wash., to transfer command

13th Coast Guard District NewsASTORIA, Ore. – Chief Warrant Officer Christopher L. Smasne will relieve Chief Warrant Officer Michael C. Russell of command of U.S. Coast Guard National Motor Lifeboat School at Cape Disappointment, Wash., during a change-of-command ceremony on Friday at 11 a.m.

The ceremony will be held at the U.S. Coast Guard National Motor Lifeboat School, located at 433 Coast Guard Road, Ilwaco, Wash.

Russell assumed command of Coast Guard National Motor Lifeboat School in June, 2008. He will depart en route to the National Buoy Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss., where he will serve as Liaison for the Coast Guard with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the NOAA Weather Buoy Program.

Smasne’s previous assignment was as 1st Lieutenant aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, based in Seattle.

Capt. William J. Milne, Commanding Officer of Training Center Yorktown, Va., will preside over the ceremony.

The change-of-command 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. The ceremony is witnessed by all members so that they all know exactly when the transfer of leadership takes place.

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