Coast Guard Holds Change of Command for Husband and Wife


Captain Breanna Knutson (left), Commander of Coast Guard Sector North Bend, applauds as Master Chief Scott Slade (middle) kisses his wife Chief Warrant Officer Beth Slade (right) during a ceremony Change of Command at Coos Bay Coast Guard Station in Coos

An Oregon Coast Guard station has a familiar face taking over the command post – the wife of the current commanding officer.

A change of command ceremony for a husband and wife was held Friday, June 10 at Coast Guard Station Coos Bay in Coos Bay, Oregon. Master Chief Scott Slade assumes command of the station from his wife, Chief Warrant Officer Beth Slade.

The change of command ceremony, according to the Coast Guard, is a centuries-old military tradition that marks a transfer of responsibility and total authority from one individual to another. The ceremony is conducted to formally demonstrate the continuity of authority within a U.S. military command.

Master Chief Scott Slade said he was up for the challenge of leading the crew of 45, but was a little “intimidated”.

“It’s so special to take over my wife’s crew,” he said. “Expectations are high and the crew is ready. It’s amazing what Beth has done and built here. It’s pretty daunting to take over after someone who is so squared off, but I’m so excited to see what the future has to offer.”

“They’re an incredible crew,” said CWO Slade. “And that was probably the easiest change of command since we both know everyone so well and they already know their new commander. I’m happy to pass on such an excellent crew because I strongly believe that they’re at their best right now.”


Senior Chief Scott Slade (left) and Chief Warrant Officer Beth Slade (right) stand outside Coast Guard Station Coos Bay in Coos Bay, Oregon, after a change of command ceremony, June 10, 2022. Senior Chief Slade relieved Chief Warrant Officer Slade

CWO Slade heads for another station, Yaquina Bay Coast Guard Station, about 100 miles to the south.

Beth and Scott Slade joined the Coast Guard nearly 25 years ago. Almost all of their time in the Coast Guard so far has been spent in units on the Oregon or Washington coast.

This story was reported from Detroit.


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