Coast Guard to hold change-of-command ceremony for commander of Great Lakes region

Rear Adm. Fred M. Midgette, commander of the Coast Guard 9th District, delivers the keynote address at a ceremony honoring veterans and supporters of veterans at Cleveland City Hall, Nov. 11, 2013. The event, hosted by the Joint Veterans Commission of Cuyahoga County, Base Cleveland VeteransCommittee, and Cuyahoga Community College, recognized individuals who promote the welfare and public image of veterans in the Cleveland area.

Rear Adm. Fred M. Midgette

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard is scheduled to hold a change-of-command ceremony for its 9th District, which spans the five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway and parts of the surrounding states, at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center Wednesday afternoon.

Vice Adm. William “Dean” Lee, Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander, will preside over the ceremony to transfer command of the 9th District from Rear Adm. Fred Midgette to Rear Adm. June Ryan.

Midgette assumed command of the 9th District in June 2013. Following the change-of-command ceremony, Midgette will report to Coast Guard Headquarters to fill the position of special flag assistant to the vice commandant.

Ryan reports to the 9th District from her position as the military advisor to the secretary of Homeland Security.

Headquartered in Cleveland, 9th District units are responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway and parts of the surrounding states including 6,700 miles of shoreline and 1,500 miles of the international border with Canada. The 6,000 active-duty, Reserve, civilian and Auxiliary men and women deliver multi-mission services in search and rescue, maritime safety and security, environmental protection, maritime law enforcement, aids to navigation, and icebreaking.

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