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Press Release | June 14, 2024

Coast Guard relieves commanding officer of Station New York

NEW YORK – Coast Guard Cmdr. David Ruhlig was permanently relieved for cause as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Station New York on June 3, 2024 due to a loss of confidence in his ability to fulfill the expectations of his position.

The interim commanding officer is Lt. Cmdr. Robert Garris, temporarily assigned from the Coast Guard’s Office of Boat Forces. Lt. Cmdr. Craig Johnson will assume command of the station in September 2024.

The relief for cause was recommended by Rear Adm. John Mauger, former First Coast Guard District Commander and received final approval by Rear Adm. Russell Dash, Coast Guard Personnel Service Center.

With more than 140 active duty and reserve personnel, Station New York is the largest and busiest multi-mission boat station in the Coast Guard. The station has remained fully operational in all mission areas.