Similarly, few people will remember the words exchanged during the change of guard ceremony, but every man, woman and child who is saved from peril by members of the Coast Guard will long remember that moment, Cross said.
Cross graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1994 with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Starting in 2010 he served as executive officer at Air Station Elizabeth City, in North Carolina.
Buzella plans to attend Washington D.C.’s National War College, where he will spend a year studying national security strategies.
After the ceremony, Buzella said he and his wife recently purchased a home on Traverse City’s East Bay. He said his family will return here every year.
“You can count on it,” Buzzella said.
Air Station Traverse City was first commissioned in 1946. Since then it has grown to house 24 officers, two warrant officers, one public health service officer and 105 enlisted personnel.