Burke becomes Coast Guard station chief
Lt. Cmdr. Richard Burke has been made commanding officer of Coast Guard Station New York, one of several stations within Coast Guard Sector New York. The station is located at Rosebank, the former quarantine station on Staten Island.
Burke, who is returning stateside following an assignment as second in command of Coast Guard forces in Bahrain, relieved Lt. Justin Peters as commanding officer of Station New York in a ceremony presided over by Capt. Robert O’Brien, commander of Sector New York.
Peters is leaving New York to become operations ashore assignment officer at the Office of Personnel Management at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
In Bahrain, Burke was executive officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, which had as many as 300 Coast Guardsmen patrolling the northern Arabian and Persian Gulfs, protecting Iraq’s oil platforms, and ensuring flow of necessary goods into Iraq by sea.