Station Chatham to hold change of command ceremony

Boston – Coast Guard Station Chatham, Mass., is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony at 10:30 a.m., today in the Chatham Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post.

Senior Chief David Jonason will relieve Senior Chief David Considine as officer in charge of Station Chatham. Jonason is reporting from Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay in Newport, Ore., where he served as the unit’s executive petty officer. Jonason is a seasoned veteran with 22 years of Coast Guard experience. This will be his first tour as an officer in charge.

Considine is going to the Coast Guard First District Field Intelligence Support Team in Boston. He has been the officer in charge at Station Chatham since March 2005 and has been influential in maintaining a strong relationship with the town of Chatham. He also oversaw the training and safety of his crew, which operates frequently on the treacherous Chatham Bar. During his tour, he played a key role in the development of two prototype 42-foot near-shore lifeboats, which are scheduled to arrive at the station shortly after his departure.

“I will always have a warm spot in my heart for Chatham, with its rich maritime history and close ties to the Coast Guard and Life Saving Service,” Considine said. “The true maritime professionals of the commercial fishing community made my job here much easier by consistently ensuring they were adequately prepared and trained, and by showing a genuine interest in preserving the future of the fish stocks along the New England coast. Thanks so much for all the support you have shown me and my crew during my tour.”

A change of command ceremony is a formal ceremony conducted before the assembled personnel of the command, and it confirms to the men and women of the unit that total responsibility, authority and accountability is transferred from one individual to another.

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