Coast Guard telecommunications command receives new commander

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Capt. Eric L. Bruner, commanding officer of Communications Area Master Station Atlantic, transferred command to Cmdr. Frank E. Pedras Jr. during a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Norfolk, Northwest Annex in Chesapeake, July 30.

The command was transferred to Pedras as Bruner is transferring to Coast Guard Headquarters, in Washington, D.C., where he will assume the duties as deputy chief for the Coast Guard’s Nationwide Automatic Identification System project.

Capt. Christopher Alexander, chief of Operational Communications and Security presided over the ceremony.

Pedras is arriving after a tour of duty that started in 2006, as the deputy chief of the Command Control, Communications and Information Technology division at Coast Guard Pacific Area in Alameda, Calif. Prior to 2006, he served as the Information Technologies School’s chief at Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma where he led the school training of all electronics technicians, telephone technicians and telecommunications specialists. He also led the stand-up of the first operations specialist school.

At the age of 17, Pedras enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1976 and graduated from the Coast Guard’s Officer Candidate School in 1990.

In 1996, upon the decommissioning of the 2nd District, Pedras was selected to be the first executive officer at the commissioning of the new Coast Guard Electronic Systems Support Unit at St. Louis, Mo. Following his assignment, he reported to Golden Gate University in San Francisco where he earned a master’s degree in telecommunications systems management.

Today, CAMSLANT is staffed and operated by more than 100 telecommunications professionals and support personnel. It offers a spectrum of telecommunications services to support the fleet, shore commanders, and other government agencies as well as maintains and deploys communications to provide command and control support for natural disaster recovery, special operations, and other emergencies.

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