Coast Guard Station Oak Island crew to hold change-of-command ceremony

5th Coast Guard District News
OAK ISLAND, N.C. — The crew of Coast Guard Station Oak Island is scheduled to hold a change-of-command ceremony on the station’s grounds in Caswell Beach, Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Mark Kannan will assume command of the station from Senior Chief Petty Officer Newman “Bon” Cantrell Jr. who served as the officer in charge since August 2009.

As officer in charge of Station Oak Island, Kannan will oversee 42 active duty members and 23 reserve members while they perform core Coast Guard missions such as search and rescue, recreational boating safety, law enforcement and marine environmental protection.

Capt. Anthony Popiel, commander of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, will preside over the ceremony.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition and formal custom that follows military protocol, designed to strengthen the respect for the continuity of command.

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