Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville to host Change of Command Ceremony

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville will host a change of command ceremony at the Jax Port Cruise Ship Terminal Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Capt. Paul F. Thomas, Commander Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, will relinquish command to Capt. Andy A. Blomme.

Blomme is a Wilmington, N.C., native and most recently served as military assistant to the Secretary of Homeland Security. He is a 1985 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., and a 2001 graduate of the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College. Blomme holds a master’s degree from Central Michigan University and the Marine Corps War College.

Thomas will report to the Chief of Naval Operations Study Group at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

Sector Jacksonville’s area of responsibility spans from the Florida/Georgia border south to San Sebastian Inlet, Fla. Sector Jacksonville is directly responsible for seven commands and more than 500 Coast Guard members along the First Coast and Space Coast.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored event preserved by the rich heritage of naval tradition. It is a custom that is formal and impressive and designed to strengthen the respect for the continuity of command that is vital to any military organization.

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