BALTIMORE — The crew of Coast Guard Sector Baltimore held a change-of-command ceremony Friday in Baltimore.
During the ceremony, Capt. Kevin C. Kiefer transferred command to Capt. Lonne P. Harrison Jr.
The change-of-command ceremony marks a transfer of total responsibility and authority from one individual to another. The ceremony is a time-honored tradition, conducted before the assembled crew, as well as honored guests and dignitaries in order to formally demonstrate the continuity of the authority within a command.
Harrison comes to Baltimore from Portsmouth, Virginia, where he served as the chief of prevention for the Fifth Coast Guard District, overseeing waterways management, inspections and investigations, bridges and Coast Guard Auxiliary forces.
His duties in Baltimore include leading as the Captain of the Port, federal maritime security coordinator, search and rescue mission coordinator, officer in charge of marine inspections and federal on scene coordinator.
Kiefer has served the Baltimore area since July 2012.