ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Capt. Paul Mehler III will transfer command of Coast Guard Sector Anchorage to Capt. Paul Albertson during a change of command ceremony at the National Guard Armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson July 8.
Mehler has been the commanding officer of Sector Anchorage since 2012 and will retire from the Coast Guard upon transfering command of Sector Anchorage.
The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition that ensures the continuity of command. It is a formal ceremony conducted before the entire crew. The ceremony marks the transfer of total responsibility, authority, and accountability for the station and the accomplishment of its assigned mission. It is conducted according to a formally prescribed ritual, to honor and maintain traditions of the service.