Coast Guard Station Sand Key to hold change of command

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Coast Guard Station Sand Key is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony Friday at 10 a.m.

Chief Warrant Officer Randal L. Ryan, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Sand Key, will be relinquishing command to Chief Warrant Officer Morgan B. Dudley during a time-honored military tradition, which transfers total responsibility, authority and accountability of the unit from one individual to another.

Dudley reports to Station Sand Key from Station Key West, Fla., where he has served as the commanding officer since 2006.

Ryan assumed command of Station Sand Key in June 2006. During his time in command, Station Sand Key crewmembers earned the Sumner I. Kimball Award, an award earned by the top 10 percent of Coast Guard stations that excel during annual readiness training. The training is designed to test crewmembers’ skills in a variety of Coast Guard missions. The Kimball award will be presented during the ceremony.

The change of command ceremony preserves the rich heritage of naval tradition. It is a formal custom following military protocol, and is designed to strengthen respect for the continuity of command that is vital to any military organization. The culmination of the ceremony is reached when both officers read their orders, face one another, salute, and transfer responsibility for the command. This provides the entire command with the knowledge that the officer did arrive at station.

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