Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans transfers command

NEW ORLEANS — Cmdr. Michael J. Brandhuber relieved Cmdr. Frederick Riedlin as commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans in an official change-of-command ceremony in Belle Chasse, Friday.

As commanding officer of the air station, Riedlin was responsible for 120 personnel and five MH-65C Dolphin helicopters that conducted search and rescue, law enforcement and marine environmental response operations.

Brandhuber  is coming from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.. Prior to Air Station Atlantic City, Brandhuber was assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Coast Guard Academy,  Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii.

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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