Long Beach Native Takes Charge of LA/Long Beach Coast Guard Station

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Long Beach native Matthew Vaughn, a senior chief petty officer with the Coast Guard, was promoted to officer-in-charge of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Coast Guard Station during a change-of-command ceremony at the San Pedro base on Friday morning, officials announced.

Station Los Angeles/Long Beach will be Vaughn’s third command as officer-in-charge of a small-boat station—having previously served at stations in Boston, Massachusetts and Port Aransas, Texas, according to a press release.

Transferring his post on Friday was Senior Chief Petty Officer David Bullard, who served as officer-in-charge of the station since 2011.

The ceremony was presided over by Capt. Jennifer Williams, commander of the Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach.

The change-of-command ceremony 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 release adds.

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Photos courtesy of the Coast Guard Los Angeles/Long Beach Station. 



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