Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River holds Change of Command

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Capt. Timothy J. Wendt relieved Capt. William M. Drelling as commander of Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River in an official change-of-command ceremony, Friday.

Capt. Drelling assumed command of Sector Lower Mississippi River in July 2011, and will become the Chief of the Prevention Division at the 11th Coast Guard District in Alameda, California.

As sector commander, Drelling served as Captain of the Port, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator. He was responsible for all Coast Guard missions conducted by 225 active duty and reserve members.

Capt. Timothy Wendt and Capt. William Drelling pose for a photo in front of a cake at Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River, June 20, 2014. Capt. Wendt relieved Capt. Drelling as commander of Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River in an official change-of-command ceremony.

Capt. Timothy Wendt and Capt. William Drelling pose for a photo in front of a cake at Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River, June 20, 2014.

Wendt graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Operational tours in the Coast Guard include Operations Officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter Sundew in Duluth, Minnesota, Executive Officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Cutter Orcas in Coos Bay, Oregon, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Cutter Oak in Charleston, South Carolina, and Response Chief for Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, New York.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition and deeply rooted in Coast Guard and Naval history. The event signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command.

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