Coast Guard Base Support Unit Alameda welcomes new commanding officer

11th Coast Guard District News
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Coast Guard Base Support Unit Alameda welcomed its new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony held on Coast Guard Island, Wednesday, June 22, 2011.

Capt. Gary Spenik relieved Capt. Keith Turro, who has served in Alameda since July 2008 when Base Support Unit Alameda was known as Integrated Support Command Alameda prior to being reorganized in 2009.

Spenik’s previous assignment was the chief of the Command, Control, and Communications division at the Pacific Area Command here. His first assignment was on the Coast Guard Cutter Bear, homeported in Portsmouth, Va. Other assignments include Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific Alameda, Telecommunications Division at Coast Guard Headquarters, executive officer of Communications Area Master Station Pacific in Point Reyes, Calif. Spenik was also a commanding officer of the Electronic Systems Support Unit in Boston.

Spenik graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He also earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1994.

Spenik’s service awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, four Coast Guard Achievement Medals, Department of Transportation 9-11 medal, two Special Operations Service Awards, six Meritorious Team Awards, and a Letter of Commendation from the Commandant.

Turro and his family will be relocating to the 8th Coast Guard District, headquartered in New Orleans.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition, which formally restates that the continuity of command will be maintained. It is a formal ritual, conducted before the assembled company of the command. 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.

BSU Alameda is located on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif. The BSU was established Oct. 1, 2009, when the Integrated Support Command was disestablished into BSU, Personnel Services and Support Unit Alameda and Health Service Work Life – Field Office Alameda. BSU provides facilities maintenance to all tenant commands on Coast Guard Island.

There are four main branches/divisions within the BSU.

  • Procurement & Contracting Division—Provides supplies, services, and construction contracting for its customers under direction and guidance from the Base Commanding Officer and the Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center (SILC) Base Support up to the current Simplified Acquisition Threshold of $150,000.
  • Facilities Branch—Ensures the readiness of all opera-tions on Coast Guard Island by providing a serviceable facility and essential utilities. It includes local steward-ship of all facilities by providing all preventive and recurring unit level maintenance.
  • General Logistics—Manages a 15.5 million dollar budget for all the Base services/operations, all NORCAL housing maintenance and shore energy accounts.
  • Force Protection Division—Provides security, emergency contingency preparations, and port services for Coast Guard Island. It maintains physical security of the base perimeter, intrusion detection and response for tenant commands’ restricted spaces, and additional division trained unarmed and armed security for special events and increased force protection conditions.

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