Mackinaw command change set for CG Festival

Crewmembers from the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw are preparing for a busy summer, including participation in the 103rd Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race and the 2011 Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, where the Cheboygan-based cutter is scheduled to hold its change-of-command ceremony. As the current commanding officer, Cmdr. Scott J. Smith, approaches the end of his third year on board, he will pass the mantle of command to Cmdr. Michael J. Davanzo on Aug. 3. The ceremony is scheduled to take place at Escanaba Memorial Park at 1:30 p.m.
May 11, 2011


Davanzo will be reporting aboard from the Office of Cutter Forces at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. Davanzo is no stranger to the Great Lakes; his previous commands include the Coast Guard cutter Hollyhock, based in Port Huron; and the cutters Rambler and James Rankin.

Following the change of command, Smith and his family will head to Washington, D.C., where he will assume duties as the Coast Guard’s program manager for visual aids to navigation.


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