Coast Guard Base Alameda to welcome new commanding officer

11th Coast Guard District NewsALAMEDA, Calif. – A change of command ceremony and retirement event is scheduled for Thursday, May 3 at Coast Guard Base Alameda. Capt. Gary Spenik will retire and officially transfer command responsibilities to Capt. Michael Woolard as part of a time-honored tradition.

The change of command ceremony is a formal ritual, conducted before the assembled company of the command and to invited guests. It conveys to the officers, enlisted personnel, civilian employees and auxiliary members of the Coast Guard that although the authority of command is relinquished by one person and is assumed by another, it is still maintained without interruption.

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