Coast Guard Base Charleston conducts change of command ceremony

Coast Guard Cmdr. Matt Bournonville assumes command of Coast Guard Base Charleston from Cmdr. Michael Paradise during a change-of-command ceremony, June 22, 2018, at the Red Bank Club in Goose Creek, South Carolina. Rear Adm. James Heinz, Director of Operational Logistics, presided over the ceremony. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson)

Coast Guard Cmdr. Matt Bournonville assumes command of Coast Guard Base Charleston from Cmdr. Michael Paradise during a change-of-command ceremony, June 22, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The crew of Coast Guard Base Charleston conducted a change of command ceremony Friday at the Red Bank Club on board Naval Weapons Station Charleston.

During the ceremony, Cmdr. Michael Paradise transferred command of Coast Guard Base Charleston to Cmdr. Matt Bournonville.

Paradise served as the plank owner commanding officer of Base Charleston since its establishment on October 19, 2015, and has led the base through a variety of challenges including the 100-year storm and Hurricanes Matthew and Irma. Paradise has set the foundation for the Coast Guard to expand its operations in Charleston with additional cutters planned to be homeported at the Base.

The change of command ceremony marks a transfer of total responsibility and authority from one individual to another. It is a time-honored tradition, conducted before the assembled crew, as well as honored guests and dignitaries to formally demonstrate the continuity of the authority within a command.

“Base Charleston will always hold a very special place in my heart,” said Paradise. “It is very rare to get the opportunity to establish a new unit, and the only reason we have been able to succeed in establishing Base Charleston has been through the family environment which we worked to establish. I could not have asked for a better crew to work with and I will greatly miss each and every member of the Base Charleston family.”

Following the change of command, a promotion ceremony was held for Paradise, who was promoted to the rank of Captain.

Paradise is transferring to New Orleans, Louisiana where he will hold the position of Commanding Officer of Base New Orleans.

“My family and I are very excited to call Charleston our new home,” said Bournonville. “I would like to thank Cmdr. Paradise and all the members of Base Charleston for the warm welcome, and I look forward to working with this great team.”

Bournonville comes to Charleston from Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where he served as the Facility Engineer of Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City.

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