Coast Guard Air Station Sitka to hold change of command

JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Air Station Sitka will hold a formal change of command ceremony Monday at10:30 a.m. in the hangar where Cmdr. Doug Cameron will relieve Capt. David A. Walker as the Air Station Sitka commanding officer.

Capt. Walker will report to Coast Guard District Elevens resource management division in Alameda, Calif.

Cmdr. Cameron’s most recent assignment was as executive officer at Coast Guard Air Station Astoria from 2008 to 2010.

He served from 2002 to 2006 at Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak as the administration officer and then the HH-60J assistant operations officer. In 2000 he was assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in the Office of Aviation Forces as the HH-60J platform manager, responsible for maintaining and enhancing the operational capabilities of the HH-60J fleet.

Cmdr. Cameron graduated from the University of Maryland in 1984 and was then commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps through the Platoon Leaders Class, serving in the Marine Corps until 1988 and leaving active duty as a First Lieutenant. He returned to civilian life and accepted a position as an engineer in the Office of Merchant Marine Safety at Coast Guard Headquarters, where he specialized in fire and life safety design features of large passenger vessels.

Throughout his career, Cmdr. Cameron has earned more than 5,000 military flight hours, mostly in the HH-60 Jayhawk; his decorations include two Air Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation and others.

Cmdr. Cameron is married to the former Virginia Elsesser, Lt. Cmdr., Coast Guard (retired) of Sacramento, Calif., and are the proud parents of Ian, Doug and Emma.

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