Coast Guard Pacific fisheries training center transfers command

Lt. Megan L. Willmann (left) relieves Lt. Cmdr. Laura Miller (right) as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center during a change of command ceremony on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., July 24, 2015. Willmann previously served as the executive officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bill Colclough)

Lt. Megan L. Willmann (left) relieves Lt. Cmdr. Laura Miller (right) as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bill Colclough)

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Lt. Megan Willmann relieved Lt. Cmdr. Laura Miller and assumed command of the Coast Guard Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center during a change-of-command ceremony held on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Friday.

Prior to reporting to PRFTC, Willmann served as the executive officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak, homeported in Bayonne, New Jersey. Her immediate previous assignment was as the executive officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bainbridge Island, which was decommissioned March 2014.

Miller received orders to Coast Guard Sector Northern New England in South Portland, Maine, where she will serve as the Contingency Planning and Force Readiness Chief.

“My time in command has been an extremely rewarding experience,” said Miller. “I am confident that I am leaving the unit better than I found it and in very good hands with Lt. Willmann at the helm.”

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition and formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of a command to confirm to the men and women of the unit that the authority of command is maintained. The ceremony is a transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

Headquartered in Alameda, PRFTC was officially established June 1, 2012. Located on Coast Guard Island, PRFTC consists of 10 active duty Coast Guard personnel responsible for training Living Marine Resources regulations and enforcement to more than 85 units and more than 1,000 Coast Guard personnel across three Coast Guard districts.

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