Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago transfers command on Monday

CHICAGO – U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Robert Bailey is scheduled to relieve Cmdr. Paul Mehler III of command of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago during a change-of-command ceremony at the Columbia Yacht Club, here, at 11 a.m. Monday.

Mehler has served as commanding officer of MSU Chicago since June 2, 2006. During his tenure, he was responsible for overseeing Coast Guard port safety and security, marine environmental protection and commercial vessel safety missions along the Lake Michigan shorelines of Illinois, Indiana and 177 miles of the Illinois River System. As officer-in-charge of marine inspection, Mehler oversaw regulatory enforcement for a fleet of 186 vessels serving more than 2 million passengers a year. A native of Philadelphia, Mehler is married to Michelle Bowen of Montgomery, Ala. The Mehlers have a daughter, Taylor, who resides in the state of Washington.

Bailey is a native of Lake Tahoe, Calif., and enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1985. His career has encompassed a broad mix of marine safety, strategic management and special assignments. Bailey’s previous assignment was senior analyst for the director of Coast Guard Strategic Transformation Team, Washington, DC, where he helped design and coordinate the integration and implementation of the Coast Guard’s modernization efforts. He is married to Cynthia Thomas, of Eagle River, Alaska. The Baileys have two children, Benjamin and Molly.

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