The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony, Friday, at 10 a.m., at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria.
During the traditional military ceremony, Cmdr. Jose Bolanos will transfer command to Cmdr. Alain Balmaceda with Rear Adm. Pat DeQuattro, deputy commander Pacific Area presiding during the ceremony.
Balmaceda most recently served as deputy commander of Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, where he oversaw 260 Coast Guardsmen and six Island-Class patrol boats forward deployed to the Kingdom of Bahrain. Balmaceda is a 1996 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, a cutterman and a qualified Coast Guard diver.
Bolanos will be retiring at the conclusion of the ceremony after 38 years of devoted active-duty service including service aboard seven cutters. Bolanos began his active-duty service as an enlisted member of the service and became the commanding officer of the Steadfast, September 2015.
The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition deeply rooted in Coast Guard and Naval history. The event signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command. The ceremony is attended by all members of the unit so they all witness the transfer of leadership.