Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco welcomes new commanding officer

Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, Coast Guard 11th District commander, poses for a photo with Capt. Kent Everingham and Capt. Thomas Cooper during a change-of-command ceremony in San Francisco, June 28, 2019. Cooper replaced Everingham as the commanding officer of Air Station San Francisco during the ceremony. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Ryan Estrada)

Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, Coast Guard 11th District commander, poses for a photo with Capt. Kent Everingham and Capt. Thomas Cooper during a change-of-command ceremony in San Francisco, June 28, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Ryan Estrada)

SAN FRANCISCO — Capt. Thomas Cooper replaced Capt. Kent Everingham as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco during a change-of-command ceremony in San Francisco, Friday.

Cooper took command of approximately 125 Air Station San Francisco personnel and six MH-65 Dolphin helicopters which conduct search and rescue, law enforcement, homeland security and maritime environmental protection missions throughout the San Francisco Bay area as well as similar operations in the greater Los Angeles region with aircraft and crews working from the unit’s Forward Operating Base at Naval Base Ventura County.

Cooper, a native of Woodlawn, New York, reports to the air station from the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., where he was assigned as a military fellow.

Everingham took command in July 2016 and served as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco. During his tenure as commanding officer, Everingham’s numerous accomplishments include overseeing 11,800 mishap-free flight hours where MH-65 Dolphin helicopters completed 800 search and rescue cases, 15 counter drug missions and 44 environmental response flights that resulted in more than 300 lives saved and $5.1 million in property preserved. Everingham was also able to deploy crews in support of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Florence in addition to supporting response efforts during the Santa Barbara mudslides where his crews were able to rescue 38 people.

“I can’t say thank you enough to the Air Station San Francisco team, our partners and my family,” said Everingham. “The monumental success of this unit over the past few years would not have been possible without you. Thank you for making the last three years the best of my Coast Guard career.”

Everingham is scheduled to report to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he will serve as the chief of the Office of Aeronautical Engineering.

Air Station San Francisco, established in 1941, serves the San Francisco Bay area and beyond, including more than 300 miles of coastline. Air Station San Francisco crews also conduct operations in the greater Los Angeles region from the air station’s Forward Operating Base at Point Mugu.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition conducted before the assembled company of a command to confirm to the men and women of the unit that the authority of command is maintained. The ceremony is a transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.


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