Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen receives new commanding officer

7th Coast Guard District News
AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen received a new commanding officer Friday morning during a change-of-command ceremony at the base aircraft hangar in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

Coast Guard Capt. Melvin W. Bouboulis, commanding officer for Air Station Borinquen, relinquished command to Capt. Robert D. Phillips during a time-honored military tradition that formally transfers command.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected to become Air Station Borinquen’s Commanding Officer,” said Capt Robert D. Philips, Air Station Borinquen’s new commanding officer. “I have spent the days leading up to the Change of Command Ceremony visiting with the diverse array of Coast Guard active duty, civilian and auxiliary personnel who make Air Station Borinquen an excellent place of which to live and work. I have also met with several of our partner agencies and look forward to applying the benefits and synergies we can attain by combining our joint efforts to achieve common goals. My wife Lorie and I are happy for this assignment and we are looking forward to serve the wonderful people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”

“It has been my great honor and pleasure to serve as Commanding Officer of Air Station Borinquen among the finest active duty, civilian and Auxiliary personnel in the Coast Guard,” said Capt. Melvin W. Bouboulis, outgoing Commanding Officer for Air Station Borinquen . “Together with our partner agencies, we have served Puerto Rico and the Caribbean to enhance the safety and security of the region, protect our environment, facilitate commerce, respond to disasters and aid those in distress. I take great pride in our collective accomplishments and the specific achievements of Air Station Borinquen. On a personal note, my family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our experience in Puerto Rico, ‘the island of enchantment’ and we’ll leave having made many fond memories and friends.”

A military unit’s change of command is a transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

Phillips reports to Air Station Borinquen from his previous tour serving as Chief of the Seventeenth Coast Guard District’s Incident Management Branch where he was responsible for managing Search and Rescue, as well as oil spill response efforts, throughout the area of responsibility. Prior to that assignment he served as the Executive Officer at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, the largest operational unit in the Coast Guard.

Capt.Bouboulis, Air Station Borinquen’s commanding officer since July 2008, will be assuming his future assignment is as the Chief of Aeronautical Engineer for Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

Air Station Borinquen has four MH-65 Dolphin helicopters. Their missions include Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Alien Migration Interdiction Operations, and Homeland Security Patrols. So far in 2011 Air Station Borinquen has saved 11 lives, assisted 68 lives, saved more than $300,000 in property, and interdicted over one million dollars worth of drugs.

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