Coast Guard to hold change-of-command ceremony for Station Cleveland Harbor

CLEVELAND — U.S. Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor is scheduled to hold a change-of-command ceremony at the Coast Guard’s Cleveland Moorings facility in Cleveland Friday at 11 a.m.

Chief Petty Officer Patrick Owens, a native of Mentor, Ohio, who took command of Station Cleveland Harbor in May 2007, will transfer the duties and responsibilities of officer-in-charge to Chief Petty Officer Rudy Radakovich.

Upon relief of command, Owens will retire from the Coast Guard after 20 years of service.

Radakovich assumes command after serving as executive petty officer of Coast Guard Station Mayport, Fla.

Capt. Steven Wischmann, commander of Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., will preside over the ceremony.

Station Cleveland Harbor’s area of responsibility includes all federally navigable waterways of Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River and Rocky River, as well as numerous tributaries encompassing about 550 square miles. In 2011, Station Cleveland Harbor personnel responded to 136 search and rescue cases, conducted 511 boardings, and saved or assisted 213 lives and $219 million in property.

The officer-in-charge of Station Cleveland Harbor is responsible for more than 43 active-duty and reserve military members and more than 119 Auxiliary members assigned to the station. The OIC is responsible for conducting all Coast Guard missions, including homeland security, search and rescue (including ice rescue), law enforcement, and marine environmental protection.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored naval tradition which formally acknowledges the transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

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