Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley to hold change of command in Kodiak, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — Cmdr. Stephen R. White will relieve Cmdr. Kevin W. Riddle as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley during a formal ceremony aboard the ship at Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Friday at 10 a.m.

Riddle has commanded the 282-foot Alex Haley since June 2011. Riddle’s next assignment will be at Joint Advanced Warfighting School at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va.

White is reporting to the Alex Haley after being the chief of international planning at the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area Command in Portsmouth, Va.

His previous afloat tours include executive officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Reliance in Kittery, Maine, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa in Petersburg, Alaska, operations officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet in Ketchikan, Alaska and as a deck watch officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Firebush in Kodiak, Alaska. His shore units include Coast Guard liaison officer to U.S. Fleet Forces Command and U.S. Joint Forces Command, response chief of Marine Safety Unit Valdez, Alaska, executive officer of Patrol Forces South West Asia, in Bahrain, and chief of operations and training at the WLB (buoy tender) Project Resident Office in Marinette, Wis.

White is from Eagle, Idaho, where he graduated from Centennial High School in 1989. He attended the Coast Guard Academy and graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in management. In 2009, he attended school at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., and earned a Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies.

His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the 9/11 Medal, the Volunteer Service Medal, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation and various other personal, campaign and unit awards.

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