Coast Guard Cutter Oak Change of Command

North Charleston, S.C – A change of command ceremony is scheduled for the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Oak at the old naval base’s Pier Papa Wednesday at noon.

After serving as commanding officer of the Oak since July 2004, Lt. Cmdr. Timothy Wendt will relinquish command to Lt. Cmdr. Michael Glander.

Wendt departs following an eventful tour during which the Oak serviced aids to navigation from the North and South Carolina border to the Caribbean, and also participated in various other missions such as search and rescue, law enforcement, and alien migrant interdiction operations.

The Oak was heavily involved in hurricane response operations, most notably responding to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Glander, who has already served on three buoy tenders, takes command of the Oak following a tour at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The change of command ceremony, a time-honored nautical tradition, will officially mark the passing of command from Wendt to Glander. The ceremony will be witnessed by friends and families of both the current and future commanding officers, as well as Coast Guard personnel from the Low County area and the Seventh Coast Guard District.

The cutter Oak is a 225-foot buoy tender home-ported in Charleston, S.C.

For more information visit the Cutter Oak’s homepage.

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