Coast Guard holds change-of-command, retirement ceremonies for commander of Sector Detroit

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DETROIT — Members of Coast Guard Sector Detroit held a change-of-command and retirement ceremony Saturday at Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, located on Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

Rear Admiral Fred Midgette, commander of the Coast Guard 9th District, presided over the ceremony to transfer command of Sector Detroit from Capt. Jeffrey Ogden to Capt. Scott Lemasters.

Lemasters comes to Sector Detroit from Washington D.C., where he served for the past two years as a special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Lemasters is a native of Charleston, West Virginia, and is married to the former Kimberly S. Richard. They have three children: Catherine, Sarah, and Elijah.

Capt. Scott Lemasters, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Detroit, Rear Adm. Fred Midgette, the commander of the Coast Guard 9th District, and Capt. Jeffrey Ogden, the former commander of Coast Guard Sector Detroit, pose for a photo during a change of command ceremony held at Air Station Detroit, June 7, 2014.  Ogden retired following 30 years of Coast Guard service after being relived by Lemasters.  U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Detroit

Capt. Scott Lemasters, Rear Adm. Fred Midgette and Capt. Jeffrey Ogden pose for a photo during a change of command ceremony held at Air Station Detroit, June 7, 2014.

Ogden assumed command of Sector Detroit in May of 2010, with an area of responsibility from Vermillion, Ohio to Sturgen Point, Michigan. He served more than 10 years in the Great Lakes, but spent much of his career as an aviator and was commanding officer of Air Station Detroit from 2004 to 2006. A Pennsylvania native, Ogden retires after 30 years of Coast Guard service and plans to remain in the Grosse Pointe, Michigan, area with his wife Cynthia while his two children, Zachary and Nathaniel, complete college.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored military tradition, held before the officers and crew to formally restate the continuity and authority of command. The tradition is unique in the world today in that it is a transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another. It marks the end of one segment of the command’s history and the beginning of another new opportunity for ever greater accomplishment in the future.

Click the photo for more from the ceremony.

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