Coast Guard ESU Juneau to hold change of command ceremony

17th Coast Guard District News
KODIAK, Alaska – Cmdr. David Godfrey will relieve Cmdr. Lane Johnson as commanding officer of the Electronic Systems Support Unit Juneau in a formal ceremony Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Golden Anchor on Coast Guard Base Kodiak.

Johnson commanded ESU Juneau, formally ESU Kodiak, since July 8, 2008. Johnson’s next assignment will be as chief of telecommunications branch, Eleventh Coast Guard District, in Alameda, Calif.

Godfrey is arriving from Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan where he was chief of logistics. His prior career assignments include tours aboard the cutters Basswood, homeported in Guam, executive officer of the cutter Red Beech in New York Harbor and operations officer on the cutter Vigilant out of Cape Canaveral, Fla. He served as senior hardware engineer for the Maritime Differential Global Positioning System and Nationwide DGPS with the Command and Control Engineering Center in Portsmouth, Va., also serving as project manager leading the Coast Guard’s radio frequency working group and was an assistant professor in the electrical and computer engineering section at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

He received his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rhode Island in 1997 and has been a licensed professional engineer since 2001. His wife Kerri, son Liam and daughter Aylin are all excited about moving to Alaska.

ESU Kodiak transitioned to a detachment under the newly established ESU Juneau command April 1. Johnson commanded ESU Juneau and five electronics systems support detachments throughout Alaska from Kodiak, but Godfrey will command ESU Juneau and the six detachments from Juneau in accordance with the recent ESU command location shift.

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