New commanding officer takes charge of Coast Guard Activities Europe

5th Coast Guard District News
SCHINNEN, Netherlands – Capt. James B. Robertson relieved Capt.  John S. Kenyon as Commanding Officer of U.S. Coast Guard Activities Europe in Schinnen,  the Netherlands, during a formal change-of-command ceremony at the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux-Schinnen, Friday.

Capt. Robertson assumed command after recently completing a tour of duty as commanding officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City, Texas.

Capt. Kenyon departs the Netherlands for his next assignment as the Assistant Division Chief, Officer Personnel Management at the U.S. Coast Guard Personnel Service Center in Arlington, Va.

This year’s ceremony was notable as it took place at the unit’s new location at the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux-Schinnen, The Netherlands.

The change-of-command ceremony is a historic Coast Guard and Naval tradition.  The event, which has remained unchanged for centuries, includes a reading of the command orders in the presence of all unit crew members. It is an official ceremony which formally restates the continuity of command will be maintained and is a formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of command. It conveys to the officers, enlisted members, civilian employees and auxiliary members of the Coast Guard that although the authority of command is relinquished by a leader and is assumed by another, it is still maintained without interruption.

Coast Guard Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker, Commander, Atlantic Area and Defense Force East, presided over the ceremony.

ACTEUR Change of Command

Capt. James B. Robertson relieved Capt. John S. Kenyon as Commanding Officer of U.S. Coast Guard Activities Europe in Schinnen, the Netherlands, during a formal change-of-command ceremony at the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux-Schinnen

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