Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Toledo receives new commanding officer

Great Lakes Coast Guard NewsCLEVELAND — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Toledo, Ohio, was assigned a new commanding officer during a change-of-command ceremony held Friday at the Park Inn Hotel, in Toledo.

Lt. Cmdr. Charles Bright relieved Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Floyd as commanding officer during the ceremony.

The change-of-command ceremony is a formal ritual, conducted before the assembled company of the command and invited guests. It conveys to the officers, enlisted personnel, civilian employees and Auxiliary members of the Coast Guard that, although the authority of command is relinquished by one person and is assumed by another, it is still maintained without interruption.

Bright comes to MSU Toledo from Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he worked in the office of waterways and ocean policy. Bright enlisted in the Coast Guard on Nov. 5, 1991, and worked his way to the rank of petty officer second class in the Coast Guard’s marine science technician rating. His enlisted assignments included: the Coast Guard Cutter Point Highland, homeported in Chincoteague, Va., where he served as both in-port and underway officer of the deck, Aids-to-Navigation Team Chincoteague; and the National Response Center at Coast Guard Headquarters.

Bright was commissioned as a Coast Guard officer in February 1998 upon completing Officer Candidate School. His first assignment as a commissioned officer was Marine Safety Office Corpus Christi, Texas, as a marine inspector, investigator and assistant chief of the Port Management Department. He has also served in Baltimore as the assistant chief of the Port Safety, Security and Waterways Branch, assistant chief of planning, and chief of the Port State Control and Deep-draft Vessel Inspections.

Bright was selected to participate in the Coast Guard’s advanced education program in transportation management and attended the transportation policy, operations and logistics master’s program at George Mason University. He has also earned bachelor’s degrees in government and biology and a master’s degree in environmental management.

He has been awarded two Coast Guard Commendation Medals with operational distinguishing devices, a Coast Guard Achievement Medal, three Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbons and numerous unit and team awards.

Bright was born in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Sarah have three children, Bennett, Ashton, and Leo.

Floyd assumed command of MSU Toledo on July 16, 2009. Prior to his three-year tour in Toledo, he served as the 14th Coast Guard District’s supervisor of the district response advisory team and chief of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. His next assignment will send him to Coast Guard Headquarters to work in the Office of Port and Facility Activities.

Floyd enlisted in the Coast Guard Oct. 1, 1991 and worked his way to the rank of petty officer first class in the marine science technician rating. His enlisted assignments included: Group San Diego, the National Response Center at Coast Guard Headquarters and Marine Safety Office Memphis, Tenn.

Floyd was commissioned as a Coast Guard officer February 1998 upon completion of Officer Candidate School. His first assignment as a commissioned officer was at Marine Safety Office Louisville, Ky., as the assistant chief of the Investigations Department and chief of the Port and Waterways Management Department. He also served at MSO Charleston, S.C.

Floyd has earned a Bachelor of Science in business and a Master’s of Arts in management and leadership. He has also completed a Marine Environmental Protection Industry Training program.

He has been awarded three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, five Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbons and numerous unit and team awards.

He was born in Liberty, Ky., and grew up as an “Army brat” living in Kentucky, Alaska, Washington, Oklahoma, Alabama and Germany. He and his wife Meg have two children, Ethan and Delaney.

MSU Toledo is responsible for all environmental protection, marine safety and security activities in the navigable waters of Lake Erie and its tributaries from Monroe, Mich., to Vermillion, Ohio, and along the shared international maritime border with Canada.

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