Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Welcomes New Commander

HONOLULU – The chief of law enforcement of the Fourteenth Coast Guard District assumed the responsibilities as the commander of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu here Thursday.

Capt. Barry Compagnoni succeeded Capt. Vincent Atkins, who served as the Sector Honolulu commander since 2006, will report to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., as the deputy of the office of response operations.

Compagnoni recently served as the chief of law enforcement at the Fourteenth Coast Guard District where he provided oversight and direction of district activities related to maritime homeland security, fisheries law enforcement, marine mammal and endangered species protection, illegal immigration and drug trafficking operations.

Prior to arriving to the Fourteenth Coast Guard District, Compagnoni served as the deputy commander of Coast Guard Group Mobile, Ala., and later as the chief of response at Coast Guard Sector Mobile. Compagnoni also served as the chief of the Intelligence Fusion Center at Joint Interagency Task Force South, located in Key West, Fla., deputy commander of Coast Guard Group Grand Haven, Mich., navigator on the Coast Guard cutter Midgett, and commanding officer of LORAN long-range aids to navigation Station Kargaburun, Turkey.

Compagnoni earned his bachelors degree in management from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., in 1986, followed by a Master of Business Administration from George Mason University in Arlington, Va., in 1997, and a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in 2006.

During his 25 years of service, Compagnoni has received numerous awards including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.

Compagnoni is from Rockton, Ill.

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