Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod to Hold Change of Command

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – A change of command ceremony is scheduled for the commanding officer of Air Station Cape Cod at Coast Guard Hangar 3172 on the Massachusetts Military Reservation here Wednesday at 10 a.m.

During the change of command ceremony, Capt. Dan Abel, previously the project manager for Rescue 21, an advanced search and rescue communications system, at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., will assume the responsibilities from Capt. Ed Gibbons as commanding officer of Air Station Cape Cod.

Gibbons, the Air Station’s commander for the past year, will relinquish his command and take up his new position in Elizabeth City, N.C., as the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Aircraft Repair and Supply Depot, overseeing the Coast Guard’s sole industrial aviation support facility.

Coast Guard First District Commander Rear Adm. Timothy Sullivan is scheduled to be the keynote speaker during the ceremony.

Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod serves eight states from northern New Jersey to the Canadian border, including more than 2,000 miles of shore line. In an average year, the men and women of Air Station Cape Cod save 71 lives, medevac 89 people and assist 150 people in distress. Air Station Cape Cod maintains the ability to launch a helicopter or jet within 30 minutes of a call 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year in nearly all weather conditions.

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