U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City holds change of command ceremony
Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City held a change of command ceremony July 10, in which Cmdr. Gregory Matyas was relieved of command by Cmdr. Nathan Coulter.
Rear Adm. June Ryan, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District, presided over the ceremony.
Matyas assumed command of Air Station Traverse City in July 2015, overseeing 120 active duty and civilian personnel, as well as 40 Coast Guard Auxiliarists, conducting homeland security and maritime safety missions throughout Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and the northern half of Lake Huron. He also served at Air Station Barbers Point in Honolulu, Hawaii as aeronautical engineering officer; at Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Budget and Program Review; and at Air Station Humboldt Bay, California.
Matyas, who graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1996, has more than 3,700 flight hours in the MH-65 helicopter.
Coulter arrives at Air Station Traverse City from Alaska, where he was Executive Officer at Air Station Kodiak and was responsible for overseeing the support, maintenance and operational employment of 15 fixed and rotary aircraft including the HC-130 airplane and the Dolphin and Jayhawk helicopters.