Coast Guard Sector Anchorage to hold change of command ceremony

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Capt. Paul Mehler III will relieve Capt. Jason Fosdick as commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Anchorage and as Captain of the Port for Western Alaska at a formal change of command ceremony to be held at the National Guard Armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at 11 a.m. Friday.

Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, 17th District commander, will preside at the ceremony.

Fosdick will report to 11th Coast Guard District in Alameda, Calif. to assume duties as the chief of prevention.

Mehler has served as the Coast Guard Fellow to the Senate Commerce Committee since August 2009. In that capacity Mehler served as the senior advisor on all Coast Guard related activities to the U.S. Senate oversight committee.

Mehler is a graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He holds a Master of Science degree in Quality Systems Management and is a Coast Guard Licensed Unlimited Third Mate. Prior to joining the Coast Guard he worked as an analyst for the American Bureau of Shipping.

Commissioned into the Coast Guard in 1990, Mehler’s career includes assignments in Galveston, Texas, Bucksport, Maine, Yorktown, Va., Louisville, Ky., the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., and as commanding officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago. Mehler was the senior Coast Guard officer in the country’s third largest city with a responsibility for overseeing all Coast Guard prevention activities in Illinois and Indiana.

Mehler’s personal awards include four Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the 9-11 Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and four Commandant’s Letters of Commendation.

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