Coast Guard Sector Charleston to Hold Change of Command

 CHARLESTON, S.C. – Coast Guard Sector Charleston is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony 10:30 a.m. with a retirement ceremony immediately following Wednesday, at Coast Guard Sector Charleston.

Capt. John Cameron will be relinquishing command of Sector Charleston to Capt. Michael McAllister during a time-honored military tradition, which transfers total responsibility, authority and accountability of the unit from one individual to another.

Cameron assumed command of Sector Charleston in April 2005, following a year of duty as commanding officer of Marine Safety Office Charleston. Cameron will be retiring from the Coast Guard after 23 years of service.

McAllister reports to Sector Charleston from Coast Guard Personnel Command, Arlington, Va., where, as the officer assignments branch chief, he was responsible for providing career management advice and overseeing assignments for the 7,500-member officer corps.

The primary missions performed by Sector Charleston include search and rescue, maritime safety and security, defense readiness, military out loads, living marine resources, marine environmental protection, and law enforcement. In 2006, Sector Charleston was responsible for: saving 669 lives and recovering $11 million in property; regulating and securing over $66 billion in international trade including 15 percent of the nation’s container imports; and supporting the Global War on Terrorism by protecting the shipment of DOD cargo and fuel through the Port of Charleston.

Sector Charleston is a key member of Charleston’s Project SeaHawk – the nation’s first integrated port security command and control center comprised of over 47 federal, state, and local agencies.

During Cameron’s tenure, Sector Charleston has been involved in significant operations that have affected the Port of Charleston and the South Carolina and Georgia coasts. Some highlights include close cooperation with the maritime industry to minimize disruptions during the demolition of the old Cooper River Bridges, unified command member on national prototype Project SeaHawk taskforce that has been seen as a national best practice for federal, state, and local agency collaboration efforts. Cameron also helped to ensure the safe transit of hundreds of sensitive maritime shipments in Charleston and Savannah, including military out load cargo, liquefied natural gas, and anhydrous ammonia.

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