It was a day of leadership transition
for the Coast Guard in Kodiak. Two Change of Command Ceremonies took place
Thursday on the base.Speaking at the first ceremony,
Rear Admiral Arthur Brooks, The Commander of the 17th Coast Guard
District, stressed the urgency of good leadership.
Coast Guard Communications Station
Kodiak held a change of command ceremony Thursday afternoon. Lieutenant
Commander Peter Van Ness relieved Lieutenant Commander Michael Nasitka as
commanding officer. Nasitka will now serve as executive officer aboard the
Coast Guard Cutter Thetis in Key West,
-- (Brooks 1 :20 ..."at
Brooks comments were made at the formal
ceremony for Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak's change of command. Captain
William Deal is Air Station Kodiak's new commanding officer. He relieves
Captain Andrew Berghorn who served in that capacity for three years.
ceremony Berghorn was awarded a meritorious service medal, gold star, for his
leadership since July 2006. On his watch Alaskan aircrews have flown over 450
search and rescue missions, saved and assisted more than 320 lives and
transported 28 million pounds of Coast Guard equipment. Under Berghorn's
command, Air station Kodiak has become Alaska's
first operational Airborne Use of Force unit. He also over saw the expansion of
the Coast Guard's global presence with its Arctic Domain Awareness missions. The out-going commander said that one of the
goals he had coming into Air Station Kodiak was to ensure that no Coastie lives
were lost, a goal he is proud to have achieved. Berghorn's advice to his
replacement was to the point:
-- (Berghorn 1 :43 "...This
next assignment will be as Coast Guard liaison officer to the U.S. Navy Flight
School in Pensacola, Florida.
Incoming Commanding officer Captain
William Deal is not new to Kodiak. In 2001 he was assigned to Air Station
Kodiak as the aviation engineering officer.
Deal arrives from Coast Guard
Headquarters in Washington D.C. There he served as the operating funds
manager for the Aeronautical Engineering Program and as the HC-130 Hercules
His prior career assignments include Air
Stations Cape Cod, San Francisco, and Purdue University.
In 2005 he was the commanding officer of Air Station Los Angeles. In 2007 Deal
was assigned to the President's Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Deal is married to the former Kitty Lynn Hicks of Nashville,
Tenn. They have a son, Matthew, and a daughter, Jacqueline.