Coast Guard Rescue 21 Project Resident Office Alaska to change hands

17th Coast Guard District NewsDOUGLAS, Alaska – Cmdr. Dennis Evans will relieve Cmdr. Joseph Calnan as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Rescue 21 Project Resident Office Alaska during a change of command ceremony Friday on Mayflower Island near Douglas Island’s Savikko Park at 10 a.m.

The change of command is a time-honored tradition aboard ships and shore commands. It represents a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another. The core of the event is the formal passing of command in the presence of the entire crew, leaving no doubt as to who has assumed the mantle of authority.

As commander of the Rescue 21 Project Resident Office in Alaska, Evans will be responsible for the planning and modernization of the marine National Distress and Response System in Southeast, Southcentral, and Southwest Alaska. The Rescue 21 project will improve the safety of navigation for vessels using the marine waters of the United States through the upgrading of existing communications equipment and the addition of new sites to provide communications coverage where none currently exists.

Evans is a 1993 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and has served in various positions aboard ship and at shore facilities. He is a civil engineer and holds a Master’s Degree in engineering and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a fellow in system design and management.

Calnan was the first commanding officer of R21 PRO, standing up the office in 2007. He will be retiring from the Coast Guard after twenty-four years of service to pursue endeavors in civil engineering and project management fields. After serving three separate tours and over 10 years in Juneau, he and his family plan to continue residing here.

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