Coast Guard Station Point Judith to hold change of command

NARRAGANSETT, R. I. – A change of command ceremony is scheduled for Coast Guard Station Point Judith Friday at 11 a.m., at the base of the Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett, R. I.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Eric Baruzzi, will assume responsibility as officer in charge of Station Point Judith and Station small Block Island from Master Chief Petty Officer Chad Curth, in a time-honored ceremony that formally transfers authority and accountability from one individual to another.

Curth, Station Point Judith’s officer in charge for the past two years, will transfer to his new position as the officer in charge of the Coast Guard Cutter Hawk in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Baruzzi was previously the officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Boston.

Cmdr. John Kondratowicz, deputy commander of Coast Guard Sector South Eastern New England, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.

The ceremony is designed to strengthen the respect for the continuity of command which is vital to any military organization. The culmination of the ceremony is reached when both read their orders, face one another, salute, and transfer responsibility of the command. This provides the entire command an opportunity to witness this transfer of responsibility and know that the officer directed to take command is doing so under the proper authority.

Coast Guard Station Point Judith is a multi-mission station with a crew of 35 active-duty and 21 reserve personnel who carry out homeland security, search and rescue, and law enforcement missions. Station small Block Island is Station Point Judith’s search and rescue detachment in New Shoreham, R. I., which is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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