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Coast Guard

08/01/2013 at 4:42pm

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Station Chief Robert Garris

Chief Warrant Officer Robert M. Garris has assumed the leadership of Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach located on San Carlos Island, Fort Myers Beach.

One of Garris’ early assignments was at the Fort Myers Beach Station as a small boat coxswain. His return to the station as Commanding Officer puts him in charge of nearly 50 highly qualified personnel.

District 7 Sector St. Petersburg Commander, Capt. Gregory Case presided over the time-honored tradition that marks the Change of Command. "I have every confidence you will effectively and diligently carry out your orders to lead this excellent team of men and women,” Case told Garris.

Garris remarked, "I can’t tell you enough what an honor it is to return as a commanding officer at one of the finest stations in the Coast Guard.”

Garris began his career in 1993 attending basic training in Cape May, N.J. His first assignment was on board the USCGC Resolute, home ported in Astoria, Oregon. After advancing to Boatswain’s Mate Third Class he was assigned to CG Station Fort Myers, Florida. While at Station Fort Myers, Garris served as a small boat coxswain and Officer of the Day.

Following Station Fort Myers, Garris served with the Tactical Law Enforcement Team North (TACLET), out of Portsmouth, Virginia, the Pacific Area Training team including Hawaii, Alaska and Guam; Sabine, Texas; Mayport, Florida; Freeport and most recently, on board USCG MELLON where he served as a Deck Watch Officer on three counter narcotic deployments in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Chief Warrant Officer Garris’ personal awards include three Coast Guard Accommodation Medals and two Coast Guard Achievement Medals.

During the Change of Command ceremony, Station Fort Myers Beach crew was presented with a Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award, their fourth since 2007. Earning 48 out of a possible 50 points during the multi-day assessment, the crew also scored 100% on training, underway exercises and rescue and survival programs.USCG Sector St. Petersburg Captain Gregory Case noted that it was difficult enough to simply pass the inspections, achieving a nearly perfect score was a rare accomplishment, particularly at a busy station, such as Fort Myers Beach, recognizing that the station has responded to 140 emergencies during the 2012-2013 fiscal year already.


-Information provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs Office


Photo Caption:

Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Robert Garris, far left, salutes during a change of command ceremony where he relieved Chief Warrant Officer Gene Gibson, former Station Fort Myers Beach commanding officer. A change of command is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility from one commanding officer to another. Photo by Michael Ludwig, USCG Auxiliary