Change of Watch scheduled for Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Force

WASHINGTON – A change of watch ceremony is scheduled for the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Force at the Coast Guard Telecommunication Information Service Communication Center Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

During the ceremony, Master Chief Petty Officer Mark H. Allen will assume the responsibilities of the fifth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Force from Master Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey D. Smith. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen will preside over the ceremony.

Master Chief Allen’s previous assignment was as Reserve Command Master Chief at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Fla.

The change-of-watch ceremony is a time-honored event preserved by rich heritage of naval tradition. It is a formal custom that is designed to strengthen the respect of authority, which is vital to any military organization. The climax of the ceremony is reached when both members read their orders, face one another, salute and transfer responsibility of the command. This also provides the entire command with the knowledge that the member directed by proper authority is taking command and is an opportunity to witness this transfer of responsibility.

After the change-of-watch ceremony, a retirement ceremony for Smith will be held. Having served as the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Force since December 2003, Smith will retire after more than 38 years of Coast Guard service in a ceremony presided by Adm. Allen.

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