GALVESTON — The U.S. Coast Guard’s Maritime Safety and Security Team in Galveston has a new commander after a change-of-command ceremony Thursday.

Lt. Cmdr. Steve Morris will take the helm of the team from Lt. Cmdr. Chad Holm, who had served as the unit’s commanding officer since 2011.

The Maritime Safety and Security teams were created in 2002 to serve as anti-terrorism units protecting seaports in the United States.

Under Holm, the Galveston team received the Summer I. Kimball Readiness Award in November 2011. The award commends units’ training and preparedness.

With Holm at the command, the Galveston unit has seized six kilos of heroin, 35 kilos of cocaine and 1,895 pounds of marijuana, according to a Coast Guard news release.

The team helps with security and law enforcement throughout the country and served with six presidential security details and at a Sept. 11, 2001, memorial in New York City, according to the news release.

Morris, a graduate of Alief Hastings High School in Houston, will now head the unit in Galveston.

 

Contact reporter Alex Macon at 409-683-5241 or alex.macon@galvnews.com.

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