Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star change of command Friday

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star will hold a change of command ceremony for Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth Stuber today at 2 p.m., at Pier 36 here.

Stuber will hand over command to Chief Warrant Officer John Phillips III who’s most recent assignment was as the Officer in Charge of Aids to Navigation Team, Key West, Fla.

Stuber reported for duty on the Polar Star as a first lieutenant in June 2005. He renewed his deck watch officer letter and certified as an ice pilot off the coast of Ross Island, Antarctica, during Operation Deep Freeze 2006. He assumed command on June 10, 2006 and placed the ship in commission – special status 20 days later; with orders to keep Polar Star ready for reactivation in support of future high latitude missions.

Stuber enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1973. His previous afloat assignments were in the cutters Sweetgum (WLB 309) and Penobscot Bay (WTGB 107). He served as a coxswain at Stations Rio Vista, Calif., Fort Point, Calif., and as first lieutenant at Station Point Allerton, Mass. Stuber was a surfman and executive petty officer at Stations Fort Point and Humboldt Bay, Calif. He commanded Station Humboldt Bay, Station Umpqua River, Ore., and the National Motor Lifeboat School at Cape Disappointment, Wash. His other shore assignments were as surface operations officer at Group Humboldt Bay and as a boatswain’s mate assignment officer at the Coast Guard Personnel Command in Washington, D.C.

Stuber has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon Bar and numerous other unit and service awards. He is a member of the elite surfman community, and is recorded in the Surfman Register at Cape Disappointment as number 147.

Stuber is married to the former Joyce Elliot of Lewiston, Idaho. They are returning to their 1890’s vintage Victorian home in Astoria, Ore., following retirement.

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