Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City will hold a change of command ceremony where Cmdr. Gregory Matyas will be releived of command by Cmdr. Nathan Coulter, Monday at 10 a.m.

Saturday, 08 July 2017


Rear Adm. June Ryan, commander, Ninth Coast Guard District, will preside over the ceremony.

Matyas assumed command of Air Station Traverse City in July, 2015, overseeing 120 active duty and civilian personnel, as well as 40 Coast Guard Auxiliarists, conducting homeland security and maritime safety missions throughout Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and the northern half of Lake Huron. He also served at Air Station Barbers Point in Honolulu, Hawaii as aeronautical engineering officer; at Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Budget and Program Review, and at Air Station Humboldt Bay, California.  

Matyas, who graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1996, has more than 3,700 flight hours in the MH-65 helicopter.

Coulter arrives at Air Station Traverse City from Alaska where he was executive officer at Air Station Kodiak and was responsible for overseeing the support, maintenance and operational employment of 15 fixed and rotary aircraft including the HC-130 airplane and the Dolphin and Jayhawk helicopters.  

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding officer to another. The ceremony will be attended by all members of the unit so that they may witness the transfer of leadership firsthand. Several family members, community leaders and friends of the commanders will also be in attendance.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 08 July 2017 )