EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (WAVY) - The crew of Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle is welcoming a new chief officer to their station in N.C. Friday.
Chief Petty Officer Matthew Wolanzyk relieved former Chief Warrant Officer Robert Lepere at a change-of-command ceremony Friday afternoon.
Lepere was in charge of Station Emerald Isle since 2010 and served on several missions. He will now serve as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Gloucester in Mass.
"This has been an amazing three years for me," said Lepere. "I have been blessed with a top notch crew of professionals and all around great people. The partnerships and friendships we have with other agencies and town government within the local community are truly what makes Station Emerald Isle unique."
Station Emerald Isle hosts 24 active-duty members and 11 reserve members. The station is also responsible for areas such as Bogue Sound, Bogue Inlet, Stump Sound, New River, New River Inlet and the Intracoastal Waterway via Surf City, N.C.
Wolanzyk comes to serve from a former assignment as the Boat Forces Afloat senior instructor at Training Center Yorktown, Va.
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