Coast Guard Holds Change of Command Ceremony in Savannah

Capt. Marshall Branch and Cmdr. Brian Erickson inspect the crew of Coast Guard Air Station Savannah during a change of command ceremony, June 22, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Luke Clayton)
Capt. Marshall Branch and Cmdr. Brian Erickson inspect the crew of Coast Guard Air Station Savannah during a change of command ceremony, June 22, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Luke Clayton)

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Coast Guard's Air Station Savannah has a new person in charge.

The Savannah Morning News reports a change of command ceremony was held Friday at Hunter Army Airfield at which Capt. Marshall Branch transferred command to Cmdr. Brian Erickson.

Erickson comes to Savannah from USCG Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he was program reviewer in the Office of Budget and Programs.

Lt. Junior Grade Rob Mineo says Branch had been commanding officer in Savannah since July 2016 and oversaw 4,400 missions including 322 search and rescue cases that saved 305 lives and $1.1 million in property.

Branch is transferring to Norfolk, Virginia, where he will hold the position as the Coast Guard's liaison officer to the United States Navy at U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

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