Coast Guard Station Buffalo to welcome new leader

9th Coast Guard District News
Buffalo, N.Y. — Coast Guard Station Buffalo, N.Y. is scheduled to hold a change-of-command ceremony at Station Buffalo, Wednesday at 11 a.m.

During the ceremony Senior Chief Petty Officer Dennis O’Connell will transfer the duties and responsibilities as the officer-in-charge of Station Buffalo to Senior Chief Petty Officer Craig Allain. Capt. Brian Roche, commander Coast Guard Sector Buffalo will serve as the presiding official.

Upon relief of command, O’Connell will transfer to his next duty station in Boston as the team leader for the Coast Guard 1st District Aids to Navigation Training Team. Allain takes command of Station Buffalo after serving as the executive petty officer of Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce, Fla.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored naval tradition that formally acknowledges the transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

The Coast Guard is a multi-mission, maritime military service and is part of the Department of Homeland Security. It is unique among federal agencies in that it is at all times an armed service, while also a humanitarian, regulatory, law enforcement, environmental, and emergency management agency.

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