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Press Release | June 28, 2024

PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard Air Station Savannah conducts change of command ceremony

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SAVANNAH, Ga. — The crew of Coast Guard Air Station Savannah conducted a change of command ceremony, Friday, at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah.

During the ceremony, Cmdr. Michael Brimblecom transferred command of Coast Guard Air Station Savannah to Cmdr. Maegan Schwartz. 

Brimblecom began his tenure as the commanding officer of Air Station Savannah in June 2022. During his time as commanding officer he oversaw the execution of 220 search and rescue cases, saving $4.2 million worth of property and 87 lives. A three-tour veteran of Air Station Savannah, he championed renovations at both Air Station Savannah and Air Facility Charleston, improving crew berthing facilities and updating aging infrastructure. 

Following the change of command ceremony, Brimblecom was frocked to the rank of captain where he will hold the position of Chief of Planning and Force Readiness at Coast Guard District Seven in Miami, Florida.  

The change of command ceremony marks a transfer of total responsibility and authority from one individual to another. It is a time-honored tradition, conducted before the assembled crew, as well as honored guests and dignitaries to formally demonstrate the continuity of the authority within a command.

Schwartz comes to Savannah from Air Station North Bend, Oregon, where she held the position of executive officer. She was previously stationed at Air Station Savannah as the engineering officer. 

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, located onboard Hunter Army Airfield, is responsible for 24/7 search and rescue coverage from the North Carolina/South Carolina border to Melbourne, Florida. The unit operates five MH-65E helicopters, and at any given time has crews in a ready status at Air Station Savannah and Air Facility Charleston. The unit also supports the Rotary Wing Air Intercept mission, enforcing flight restrictions in the Washington, D.C. area and in support of presidential movements. A unit of approximately 115 personnel, the “Low Country Lifesavers” have responded to 111 cases so far in fiscal year 2024, saving 14 lives and assisting 10 more.

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