Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell to hold Change of Command ceremony

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The command of Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell is scheduled to be transferred from Capt. Kevin Cavanaugh to Capt. Thomas Crabbs,Friday, in a change of command ceremony being held at Coast Guard Island at 10:30 a.m.

During the past two years while under Cavanaugh’s command, the 42 year-old cutter completed three separate patrols, covering more than 52,000 nautical miles. The most prolific patrol during Cavanaugh’s tenure was a six month Out-of-Hemisphere patrol in company with the U.S. Navy Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group. Highlights from the patrol included the interdiction of seven suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden.

Cavanaugh’s military awards include Meritorious Service Medals, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medals and various other personal, campaign and unit awards. Cavanaugh is married and has one son and one daughter.

Cavanaugh is retiring from the Coast Guard after thirty illustrious years of service.

Crabbs is returning to the Boutwell from assignment as Coast Guard Liaison Officer to Joint Interagency Task Force South, during which he also served as Commander, Task Unit 44.7.7 for Operation Southeast Watch-Haiti. Crabbs’ prior commands include commanding officer of Loran Station Sellia Marina, Italy, and commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis out of Key West, Fla.

Crabbs was raised in Virginia Beach, Va. and is a 1985 graduate of Elon College, N.C. He received his commission from Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in 1987.

Crabbs’ military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service medal, two Meritorious Service medals, four Coast Guard Commendation medals, two Navy Achievement medals, and one Coast Guard Achievement medal, and various other personal, campaign and unit awards. Crabbs is married and has one son and one daughter.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored event preserved by the rich heritage of naval tradition. It is a formal custom that is designed to strengthen the respect of authority, which is vital to any military organization.

The ceremony culminates when both officers read their orders, face one another and salute. This signifies to the entire command that the transfer of responsibility has formally taken place.

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