14th Coast Guard District to receive new commander

Rear Admiral Charles Ray

HONOLULU– Rear Adm. Charles W. Ray will relieve Rear Adm. Stephen E. Mehling during a change of command ceremony at Base Support Unit, Honolulu, Friday at 10 a.m.

Mehling has served as the district commander since May 2010 and is leaving to assume the duties as Director of Operations at the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area in Portsmouth, Va. Mehling reported to the 14th Coast Guard District in August 2008 to serve as the chief of staff.

“I have greatly enjoyed serving with our partners in the Western and Central Pacific,” Mehling said “My wife and I will treasure the friends we have made and the spirit of aloha.”

Prior to this assignment, Ray served as the Director of the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission for the Ministry of Interior and was responsible for leading advising efforts across all functions for the largest ministry in the government of Iraq.

Prior to reporting to Iraq, Ray served as the Military Advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. In that position he provided counsel and support to the secretary in affairs relating to policy and operations between DHS and the Department of Defense.

Ray has served in department head and command positions while conducting search and rescue, drug interdiction, fisheries enforcement, immigration enforcement and defense operations across the Caribbean, Atlantic, Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea and pacific areas of operations.

Ray has a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University, and a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.

Headquartered in Honolulu, the 14th Coast Guard District area of operations encompasses more than 12.2 million square miles in the Central and Western Pacific Ocean.

Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown, the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area commander, will preside at the ceremony.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition and formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of a command to confirm to the men and women of the unit that the authority of command is maintained. The ceremony is a transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

The ceremony is not open to the public

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