Coast Guard Base Ketchikan to hold change of command

Coast Guard Alaska News
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Cmdr. Jack W. Jackson will relieve Cmdr. T. Wade Gesele as commanding officer of Coast Guard Base Ketchikan during a formal ceremony at the base, June 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Gesele has commanded the base since June 2010. Gesele’s next assignment will be at the Civil Engineering Unit in Oakland, Calif.

Jackson is reporting to Base Ketchikan after being the commanding officer of the Naval Engineering Support Unit in Honolulu.

His previous assignments include Marine Safety Office Los Angeles/Long Beach in California, Marine Safety Detachment Santa Barbara in California, Marine Safety Office Buffalo in New York, and Legacy Sustainment Support Unit Baltimore in Maryland. He also served as the engineering officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman and the Coast Guard Cutter Munro and as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star during its $65 million dollar reactivation project.

Jackson attended Portland Community College and Excelsior College receiving Associates Degrees in applied science, naval engineering technologies and machine manufacturing technologies.

His personal awards include six Coast Guard Commendation Medals, five Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and two Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbons along with numerous campaign and unit awards.

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