The change of command is a time-honored tradition aboard ships and shore commands. It represents a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another. The core of the event is the formal passing of command in the presence of the entire crew, leaving no doubt as to who has assumed the mantle of authority.
CEU Honolulu was established in 1990 having evolved from Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific Shore Maintenance Detachment. As commanding officer of CEU Honolulu he is responsible for field execution of the Coast Guard Civili Engineering and Environmental Programs including all project planning, design, construction, and contracting in support of operations and shore infrastructure in the Coast Guard’s 14 District.
Wimmer is a 2002 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy with a bachelor’s in civil engineering and served in various positions aboard ship and at shore facilities. He is a civil engineer and holds a Master’s Degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer registered with the State of Alaska. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional under the U.S. Green Building Council.
McKinney will continue his Coast Guard career in Washington D.C. and will be joining Vice President Joe Biden’s staff. He has served in the Coast Guard since his graduation from the Coast Guard Academy in 2003. While in command of CEU Honolulu the unit was honored with the 2014 Cowart Award as the Coast Guard’s best civil engineering organization.