Coast Guard command at Fort Macon changes hands

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 07:00 PM.

“I want to thank all of my family and friends who made it here today,” said Bouchard. “To my wife Brandy, who has put up with the late night phone calls and an awful work schedule, you are my soul mate and I’m blessed to have you as my wife. The last two years have been the best of my career. Thank you all so much for making this assignment very special. To Jeremy, I wish you the very best.”

McConnell received orders to his first command in 2005 as officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Hobucken. He advanced to senior chief petty officer in 2008 and received orders to his second command as officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Brunswick. His station at Fort Macon will be his third command.

“I am humbled and honored to be here today,” said McConnell. “I would like to thank Mr. Bouchard for leaving the station and his crew in outstanding condition. I’ll do my very best to carry forward your vision and wish you and your family the very best in the future.

“To my wife, again we are starting on another adventure. For nearly 20 years you have been my rock and best friend. You are the love of my life. I assure everyone the American public will get the very best Station Fort Macon can give on a daily basis.” 

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