Coast Guard Pacific Area receives new commander

Coast Guard Pacific Area receives new commander
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Vice Adm. Charles W. Ray relieved Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft as Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Forces West, in a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., April 22, 2014. “This is not a transition, this is a continuity of leadership,” said Zukunft. “Just as the ceremony we observe today is a continuity of leadership,...

Coast Guard Admiral says farwell to the citizens of the San Francisco Bay Area

Coast Guard Admiral says farwell to the citizens of the San Francisco Bay Area
To the citizens of the San Francisco Bay Area, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the communities of Alameda, Oakland and San Francisco. My wife and I have called the Bay Area home for the past two years, and have been honored to call you all our neighbors while serving as the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area Commander. These communities have embraced my family just as they have embraced all...

Coast Guardsman gets confinement, bad conduct discharge for sexual assault conviction

Coast Guardsman gets confinement, bad conduct discharge for sexual assault conviction
NEW ORLEANS — A Coast Guardsman was convicted and sentenced Friday during a general court-martial held in New Orleans. Petty Officer 3rd Class Joe D. Newmans, 22, was sentenced to 90 days confinement, reduction to E-1 (the lowest enlisted paygrade), and a bad conduct discharge. Newmans was convicted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice of two specifications of Article 120 (sexual assault)...

Coast Guard to host STEM event for local schools in Portsmouth, VA

Coast Guard to host STEM event for local schools in Portsmouth, VA
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard personnel from various units in the Hampton Roads region are scheduled to host a science, technology, engineering and math event at Coast Guard Base Portsmouth, Wednesday. Approximately 100 students from Woodrow Wilson High School, Alliance Christian Academy and public home schools will rotate between four stations, including tours of Coast Guard cutters and discussions...

Coast Guard to recognize rescuers of three from capsized boat

Coast Guard to recognize rescuers of three from capsized boat
SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to present awards to mariners who rescued three men who were adrift in the ocean in May 2013, during a ceremony in San Diego Monday. Crewmembers and passengers aboard the charter vessel New Seaforth who were underway for a fishing excursion rescued a father and his two adult sons after their boat capsized, leaving them drifting in the waters off La Jolla...

Coast Guard tactical air squadron holds change of command ceremony

Coast Guard tactical air squadron holds change of command ceremony
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Capt. Kevin P. Gavin relieved Capt. Donna L. Cottrell as commanding officer of Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Jacksonville during a change of command ceremony at HITRON Friday. HITRON is America’s first airborne law enforcement unit trained and authorized to employ airborne use of force and intercept go-fast vessels suspected of transporting illicit...

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returns home after seven-week patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returns home after seven-week patrol
BOSTON – The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returned to their homeport in Boston on April 10, after completing a 53-day deployment which included two weeks of training at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Va., and five weeks of fisheries patrols off the coasts of New Jersey, Virginia, and North Carolina. The Seneca patrolled the Mid-Atlantic Ocean in support of the Coast Guard Fifth District’s...

Senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visits Coast Guard HITRON

Senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visits Coast Guard HITRON
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Crewmembers of Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Jacksonville hosted Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during his visit to HITRON Wednesday. During the visit, Battaglia was given a tour of the facilities, including two of the assets used at the unit. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan...

Coast Guard Pacific Area to receive new commander

Coast Guard Pacific Area to receive new commander
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Rear Adm. Charles W. Ray will relieve Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft as Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Forces West, in a change-of-command ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, at 11 a.m., at Coast Guard Island in Alameda. Zukunft has served as the Pacific Area Commander since April 2012, and is leaving to assume the duties as the Coast Guard Commandant in Washington,...