Marine Safety and Security Team Boston to hold change of command at Faneuil Hall

BOSTON- Lt. Cmdr. Keith M. Utley will relieve Cmdr. Daniel Deptula as the commanding officer of Marine Safety and Security Team Boston in a change of command ceremony to be held Faneuil Hall July 30, 2010 at 3 p.m.

Cmdr. Deptula took command of Maritime Safety and Security Team Boston in August of 2007. MSST Boston had many notable accomplishments during Deptula’s command. A few of the high profile missions MSST Boston supported while under Deptula’s command were the Iraqi training and advisory mission, the hurricane Ike response, and the fishing vessel Patriot investigation. In addition, the unit also regularly supported Coast Guard Sector Boston with LNG escorts and conducted training with the Boston Police Department and local FBI to solidify tactics and procedures to be used in the event of an emergency. Deptula will depart to act as the Coast Guard liason at the State Department.

Lt. Cmdr. Utley is reporting aboard from the assignments branch of the personnel service center, officer personnel management (OPM) division located in Arlington, Va. While at OPM, he served as an assignment officer for the operations ashore response account responsible for assigning officers to law enforcement, boat forces, search and rescue, pollution response, and deployable specialized forces billets among others.

Capt. Gail Kulisch, commander of the Deployable Operations Group, will be the master of ceremonies for the change of command.

The change of command is a time-honored tradition that ensures the continuity of command. It is a formal ceremony conducted before the entire crew. The ceremony marks the transfer of total responsibility, authority, and accountability for MSST Boston and the accomplishment of its assigned mission. It is conducted according to a formally prescribed ritual, to honor and maintain traditions of the service.

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