Guard Station in Ft. Lauderdale gets new commander

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  1. riverdale

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    Guard station in Fort Lauderdale gets new commander

    June 17, 2011|By Philippe Buteau

    Sun Sentinel

    Effective noon Friday, the men and women of Fort Lauderdale's U.S. Coast Guard station began saluting a new commanding officer.

    Lt. Douglas Watson turned over command of the facility, on the south side of Port Everglades inlet, to Lt. Paul Turner.

    Capt. Christopher Scraba, from Coast Guard Sector Miami, presided over the change-of-command ceremony, and U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, was keynote speaker.

    "The United States is a maritime nation and nowhere is that more evident than in South Florida," West said. "And I want to let you all know the South Florida community values the Coast Guard."

    West thanked Watson for a "job well done."

    "You and your crew added your mark to the 200-year history of the Coast Guard," said West, a former Army lieutenant colonel.

    Watson, the 13th commanding officer of the Fort Lauderdale station, served three years in that position. During his turn at the podium, he said more than 500 search and rescue operations had been carried out and eight drug smugglers apprehended on his watch.

    He later told the Sun Sentinel what Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale was able to accomplish with so few people — 58 active duty and 28 reservists — is the main memory he will carry with him to his new job, command duty officer of Coast Guard District 17 in Juneau, Alaska.

    Before handing over command, Watson thanked his wife and four children, who he said had to deal with the "most difficult person" (himself) and offered his successor some advice.

    "Paul, don't waste a day," Watson said.

    Turner, a 15-year Coast Guard veteran, told the Sun Sentinel he will use a philosophy of "mission excellence" in his new command.

    "My philosophy includes people — the men and women of this station, their families, and the voting public," said Turner, 47, a native of Fort Worth, Texas.

    In these difficult economic times, he promised to spend taxpayer dollars wisely.

    "I want to make sure we do the right thing with the money we receive," the Coast Guard's new commander in Fort Lauderdale said.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Congressman West stole about 22 years from the Coast Guard's history...sadness.
     
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    How does a 47 year old LT only have 15 years of service?
     
  4. Objee

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    Guess they recently raised the age limits for OCS...he's getting a great job!
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Could be a senior LT...about to make LCDR. LTs have a crazy spread, from 4 years from commissioning to 10 years...never know. As tight as OCS has gotten, I can't imagine them raising the age to make it MORE inclusive.
     
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    They only raised the OCS age limits for enlisted candidates, which this guy has to be if he's a 47 year old LT (even if he's the most senior LT in the service)...maybe it was just a typo and the guy is actually 37 years old?
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Or the 15 is a typo....perhaps more prior service...

    Now I'm going to have to read it again. No chance of E-7 to CWO to LT?
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    O2E? Well now, that is interesting. Not sure why he would go from E-5 to O-2E....also not sure why he's listed as an "Operations Officer" as an E-5. I'm guessing he was commissioned as an O-1E, and was promoted in the billet listed on that part of his resume.
     

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