Naval Engineering Support Unit Charleston, S.C., to hold change of command ceremony

CHARLESTON, S.C. – A change of command ceremony immediately followed by a retirement ceremony is scheduled for the Naval Engineering Support Unit Charleston Friday at 10 a.m. at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in North Charleston, S.C.

Lt. Cmdr. Erik Skow will relieve Cmdr. John Helton during a time-honored military tradition to formally transfer command.

Helton, who has served as the commanding officer of NESU Charleston for three years, will retire after 31-years of military service.

Helton has served over 31-years in a number of operational and staff billets, including engineering officer aboard the 210-foot Coast Guard Cutter Reliance, logistics department head for Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, and most recently Helton served as the director of logistics technical expert for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

NESU Charleston’s support role includes augmenting shipboard engineering personnel in the accomplishment of routine preventive and corrective maintenance.

Maintenance Augmentation Team Charleston primarily performs preventative maintenance on the cutters home ported in Charleston, including the 378-foot Coast Guard Cutter Dallas and Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin.

The Chief of the Surface Forces Logistics Center Industrial Operations Division, Capt. Edward P. Nagle, will preside over the ceremony and the Deputy Chief of the Industrial Operations Division, Capt. David W. Lunt will preside over the retirement ceremony.

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