Coast Guard Air Station Houston holds change of command ceremony

Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District, presides over the ceremony as Cmdr. Marcus Canady relieves Capt. Jim Spitler of command at Air Station Houston in Houston, Texas, on June 28, 2019. The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition and signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command.U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Johanna Strickland.

Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District, presides over the ceremony as Cmdr. Marcus Canady relieves Capt. Jim Spitler of command at Air Station Houston in Houston, Texas, on June 28, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Johanna Strickland.

HOUSTON — Coast Guard Air Station Houston held a change-of-command ceremony in Houston, Texas, Friday.

Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, Eighth Coast Guard District commander, presided over the ceremony as Cmdr. Marcus Canady relieved Capt. James Spitler as commanding officer of Air Station Houston.

Cmdr. Canady’s previous assignment was as the air operations officer at Air Station Corpus Christi. Capt. Spitler’s next assignment is at the Naval Warfare College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he will study National Security and Strategic Studies.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition and deeply rooted in Coast Guard and Naval history. The event signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command.

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