Air Station Sitka to hold change of command

17th Coast Guard District NewsSITKA, Alaska – Coast Guard Air Station Sitka is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony where Cmdr. Ward Sandlin will relieve Cmdr. Doug Cameron as Air Station Sitka’s commanding officer Wednesday at 1:00 PM in the hangar.

Sandlin is arriving from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., where he served as the Operations Officer.

Sandlin’s prior assignments include a variety of operational and staff assignments. After graduating from Harding University in 1991 and Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in 1992, he served at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington as a staff officer in the Marine Safety Planning Division. He was then selected for flight training at Naval Flight School, Pensacola, Fla. He served operational tours at Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and Air Station Kodiak, before being sent to Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala. as an instructor pilot. Following his tour in Mobile, he again served in Coast Guard Headquarters as the HH-60J Platform Manager before transferring to Clearwater.

Cameron has led Air Station Sitka since June, 2010. His next assignment will be as the Chief of Incident Management for the 5th Coast Guard District in Portsmouth, VA.

Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, commander, 17th Coast Guard District, will preside over the ceremony.

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