MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The United States Coast Guard Station Marquette celebrated their Change of Command Ceremony Friday.
Chief Boatswain’s Mate Stephen Saflin relieved Chief Warrant Officer Mark Reilly of the current Officer in Charge title in a tradition that has been happening in Marquette since 1891. (Change of Command Ceremonies happen in all branches of the military and have been for hundreds of years.)
In order for Chief Boatswain's Mate Stephan Saflin to become Officer in Charge, he had to go through a competitive and rigorous process, passing the Officer in Charge Review Board.
"Wow, what a privilege it is going to be to take over this station. Ever since seeing it for the first time outside of the gate it was absolutely beautiful. The community has embraced my family and I in a terrific way and to be taking over and leading these men and women of the station is absolutely incredible. It’s certainly a humbling honor,” said the new Officer in Charge, Stephen Saflin.
"Chief Saflin is going to be a great fit for the crew and the community. I'm excited to see how his career progresses while he’s here and strengthening partnerships with the local law enforcement and the mayor, Fred Stonehouse,” said Chief Warrant Officer and past Officer in Charge, Mark Reilly.
Chief Warrant Officer Mark Reilly will be transferring to USCGC CYPRESS (WLB-210) in Pensacola, Florida, as the First Lieutenant.
Members of the Coast Guard were joined by distinguish guests such as Marquette Mayor Fred Stonehouse, Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt, Michigan Conservation Officers, Michigan State Police Troopers, Michigan DNR, and Northern Michigan University Veteran Services.