Air Station Houston to host Change of Command ceremony

HOUSTON — The command of Coast Guard Air Station Houston will change hands Friday, June 26, 2009 at 10 a.m., during a change of Command ceremony that will we held in the air station hanger at Ellington Field.

Capt. Sean Mahoney will be relieved by Cmdr. Christoper Moss. Mahoney will take the position of Atlantic Area Chief of Governmental and Public Affairs in Norfolk, Va.

During his tenure at Air Station Houston, Mahoney lead Coast Guard airborne search and rescue efforts through multiple hurricanes. But the amazing acts of his crew during the Hurricane Ike response are what he will most remember. “The men and women of Coast Guard Air Station Houston are heroes every day, but when Hurricane Ike struck, they became super-heroes,” said Mahoney.

As Ike approached the Texas coast, a massive storm surge overtook Bolivar Peninsula, leaving hundreds of people stranded. Helicopter crews flew for hours, conducting rescue after rescue, until conditions became too treacherous for helicopters to fly. “They continued to hoist survivors to safety until torrential rain, poor visibility, and tremendously strong winds made flight impossible,” said Mahoney. “What may have been even more impressive was that crews went right back out as soon as the storm had passed,” he said.

The only advice Mahoney has for the his replacement: trust your people. “This is the best air station in the Coast Guard because of the great attitudes and abilities of the men and women who serve here,” he said.

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