Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan change of command on Wednesday

MILWAUKEE – U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan is scheduled to transfer command in a change-of-command ceremony, here, Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.

Responsible for protecting 1,640 miles of coastline and hundreds of miles of inland rivers, Sector Lake Michigan is responsible for 22 field units in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. In 2008, Sector Lake Michigan crews saved approximately 80 lives on more than 1,250 search and rescue missions.

Employing 750 active duty and reserve military members and civilian employees along with 1,200 auxiliary volunteers, Sector Lake Michigan is responsible for multiple Coast Guard missions, including port safety and security, search and rescue, law enforcement, aids to navigation, waterways management, marine environmental protection and commercial vessel safety.

Wednesday’s ceremony is part of a time honored naval tradition, which formally acknowledges the transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another. Capt. Luann Barndt will assume the responsibilities of Sector Lake Michigan Commander from Capt. Bruce Jones, who took command in June 2005.

Jones’ next assignment is as Chief, Office of Strategic Analysis, at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Barndt comes to Milwaukee from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Barndt will become the first woman to command Sector Lake Michigan.

The Coast Guard is a military, multi-mission, maritime service and is part of the Department of Homeland Security. It is unique among federal agencies in that it is an armed service, and a humanitarian, regulatory, law enforcement, environmental, and emergency management agency.

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