Coast Guard Station Rio Vista to hold change-of-command ceremony

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard Station Rio Vista officer-in-charge will be relieved in a change-of-command ceremony scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Station Rio Vista, Rio Vista, Calif.

Chief Petty Officer Elijah W. Klein will relieve Senior Chief Petty Officer Robert C. Goley as officer-in-charge of Station Rio Vista during the time honored military tradition.

Klein completed basic training in Cape May, N.J., in 1998 and was first assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, homeported in Seattle, Wash. Klein was then assigned to Station Venice, La., before transferring to Station Oak Island, N.C. During his tour there, Klein served as a tactical coxswain during a deployment with Port Security Unit 307 at Camps Doha and Patriot in Kuwait. Klein then served aboard the Cutters Aquidneck, homeported in Manama, Bahrain, followed by the Polar Sea and Mellon both homeported in Seattle, Wash.

Goley completed basic training in Cape May, N.J., in 1995 and was first assigned to Station Barnegat Light, N.J., where he first qualified as a small boat coxswain. Goley was then assigned to the CGC Sitkinak, homeported in Key West, Fla., where he earned his deck watch officer qualification.  Upon completion of his two year tour in Key West, Goley was transferred to Station Los Angles Long Beach, San Pedro, Calif. In July 2004, Goley was assigned to Station Noyo River, Fort Bragg, Calif., where he served as a surfman trainer and then as executive petty officer before becoming officer-in-charge at Station Rio Vista.

Goley will report to Station Chatham, Mass., where he will serve as officer-in-charge.

Station Rio Vista is located in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The crew at Station Rio Vista performs a variety of missions including search and rescue, recreational boating safety and homeland security patrols. Annually, the station averages over 400 search and rescue cases, conducts over 400 boardings and accumulates over 2,500 patrol hours. During Goley’s tenure at Station Rio Vista the crews saved 151 lives, assisted 2,214 lives, conducted 1,650 search and rescue cases, conducted 1,555 law enforcement boardings, performed 450 ports/waterways and coastal security missions and saved over 4 million dollars in property.

A change of command ceremony is a time honored naval tradition, which formally restates to the crew of a unit the continuity and authority of command. It involves the total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

Capt. Cynthia Stowe, commander of Sector San Francisco, will preside over the ceremony.

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