The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Hickory is now led by Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Shea G. Winterberger, who officially took command of the vessel from Cmdr. Jeannette M. Greene during a recent change-of-command ceremony at the Pioneer Pier in Homer, Alaska on May 19.
Presiding over the command change was Rear Adm. Nathan A. Moore. Winterberger now oversees the 48 crew members who are responsible for maintaining over 170 buoys and beacons from Kachemak Bay to the Kuskokwim River.
Winterberger comes from her latest assignment at USCG’s Office of Budget and Programs, serving as the Surface and Air Capabilities Program Reviewer.
In that role, she took charge of policy analysis and the formation of the budget “for cutter, aviation, and unmanned systems operations, the examination of future capability requirements, as well as the service’s research and development program, which represents $1.5 billion of the Coast Guard’s budget,” according to the agency.