Coast Guard Cutter Alert changes command in Astoria

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Cmdr. Brian Anderson (left) assumes command of Coast Guard Cutter Alert under the supervision of Vice Adm. Paul Zukunft (center), Pacific Area commander, during a change of command ceremony held at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Ore., June 26, 2013. Cmdr. Daniel Pickles (right), now headed to work as Fifth District operations chief in Portsmouth, Va., passed Alert command responsibility to Anderson during the ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn.

Cmdr. Brian Anderson (left) assumes command of Coast Guard Cutter Alert under the supervision of Vice Adm. Paul Zukunft (center), Pacific Area commander, during a change of command ceremony held at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Ore., June 26, 2013. Cmdr. Daniel Pickles (right), now headed to work as Fifth District operations chief in Portsmouth, Va., passed Alert command responsibility to Anderson during the ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn.

ASTORIA, Ore. — Vice Adm. Paul Zukunft, Pacific Area commander, passed command responsibility for Coast Guard Cutter Alert from Cdr. Daniel Pickles to Cdr. Brian Anderson during a change of command ceremony held at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Wednesday.

Pickles, now headed to work as Fifth District operations chief in Portsmouth, Va., was awarded the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal for his two years commanding Alert’s crew.

Anderson was previously assigned as Chief of Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology Systems Branch at Atlantic Area in Portsmouth, Va.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition which signifies the transfer of responsibility and formally states the officer’s continuity and authority of command.  It is a formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of the command and it confirms to the men and women of the unit the authority of command is maintained.