Coast Guard Sector Baltimore to welcome new commanding officer

BALTIMORE – Capt. Mark O’Malley will relieve Capt. Brian Kelley as the Captain of the Port and commanding officer for Coast Guard Sector Baltimore during a Change of Command Ceremony at the Coast Guard Yard Friday.

Kelley worked closely with the port community, military units, and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to significantly improve the safety and security of the Port of Baltimore. Kelley’s next assignment will be serving as deputy commander of the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center in Arlington, Va.

“I know I speak for the entire Port of Baltimore in saying that it has been an honor and a privilege to serve with Capt. Kelley,” said Cmdr. Austin Gould, the deputy commander of Sector Baltimore. “His distinguished service has made the Port of Baltimore, the Chesapeake Bay and the Washington, D.C., maritime environments safer and more secure for all.”

O’Malley reports to the Baltimore area from Washington, D.C., where he served as the chief for the Office of Port and Facility Activities. Prior to that, he served as chief of prevention for the Seventh District in Miami, Fla.

As commander officer of Sector Baltimore, O’Malley will be responsible for port safety and security, search and rescue, law enforcement, aids to navigation, marine environmental protection and commercial vessel safety missions. He will exercise federal authority granted by law and regulation as Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator and Federal On-Scene Coordinator.

Sector Baltimore’s area of responsibility includes the National Capital Region and the Upper Chesapeake Bay.

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