Coast Guard Pacific Area to hold Change of Command

ALAMEDA, Calif. — A former aide to the Commander of the 11th Coast Guard District here will assume command of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area here in a change of command ceremony scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. Thursday at the base pier.

Vice Adm. David Pekoske, who spent the last two years as the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Operations in Washington, D.C., will replace Vice Adm. Charles Wurster, who is retiring after a 37-year Coast Guard career.

Prior to reporting as Assistant Commandant for Operations, Pekoske was Commander, First Coast Guard District, and Commander, Maritime Defense Command One in Boston, where he was responsible for all Coast Guard missions in the Northeast.

Pekoske has commanded a number of shore units, served aboard two Coast Guard cutters and was a planning officer on the 1984 Summer Olympics Task Force.

Pekoske graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., in 1977 with a bachelor of science degree in ocean engineering. He graduated in 1989 with a master’s degree in public administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, in New York. In 1997 he graduated with a master of business administration degree from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Mass.

His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal with gold star, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal with three gold stars and the Commandant Letter of Commendation.

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