ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — Capt. Joseph E. Deer relieved Capt. Richard S. Craig of Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City during a change of command and retirement ceremony Friday.
Craig retired from active duty after 27 years of service. He served as the commanding officer from June 2014 to June 2017. His personal awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals and other military awards.
Capt. Deer most recently served as chief of the incident management branch for the Coast Guard 17th District in Juneau, Alaska, where he was responsible for search and rescue, law enforcement, fisheries and marine environmental protection.
Rear Adm. Meredith Austin, commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District, presided over the ceremony.