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May 18, 2012


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PHOTOs: Coast Guard Air Station Detroit holds change-of-command ceremony

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Air Station Detroit change of command

DETROIT — Cmdr. Joseph Deer stands beside Rear Adm. Michael Parks and Cmdr. Michael Platt during Coast Guard Air Station Detroit's change-of-command ceremony May 17, 2012.

During the ceremony, Deer relieved Platt of command of the air station.

U.S. Air Force photo by John Swanson

Cmdr. Platt's last flight

DETROIT — Cmdr. Michael Platt walks back to the hangar after his last helicopter flight as commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Detroit on May 14, 2012.

Platt is being reassigned to be the special assistant to the commandant at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Mark Dukti

MT. CLEMENS, Mich. — Cmdr. Michael Platt transferred command of Coast Guard Air Station Detroit to Cmdr. Joseph Deer in a change-of-command ceremony on May 17, 2012, at the air station, located on Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

Platt will transfer to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he will be assigned as special assistant to the commandant.

Deer is assuming command as commanding officer of Air Station Detroit and is reporting from Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, where he was the operations officer and executive officer.

The change of command is a time-honored tradition and deeply rooted in Coast Guard and Naval history. The event signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command. The ceremony is witnessed by all members so that they all know exactly when the transfer of leadership takes place.

For further media inquiries, please contact the Air Station Detroit public affairs officer at 586-239-6702.

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