Coast Guard Sector New Orleans change-of-command and retirement ceremony

NEW ORLEANS- Coast Guard Sector New Orleans is scheduled to host a change-of-command ceremony for the commander of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, Friday at 10 a.m.

During the change-of-command ceremony, Capt. Lincoln Stroh will assume the responsibilities of Commander Coast Guard Sector New Orleans from Capt. Frank Paskewich. Rear Adm. Joel R. Whitehead, the Eighth Coast Guard District Commander, is scheduled to preside over the change-of-command ceremony.

Capt. Paskewich, the sector commander since August 2005, successfully led the unit during a time of historic upheaval: the change from multiple smaller units into a huge Sector Command and the monumental response to Hurricane Katrina. Capt. Paskewich will retire after more than 26 years of Coast Guard service.

Capt. Stroh arrives from Sector Corpus Christi, Texas, were he served as Sector Deputy.

In addition to family and friends, guests will include senior military officials, the maritime industry, Navy League and area congressional representatives.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored event preserved by the rich heritage of naval tradition. It is a formal custom that is designed to strengthen the respect of authority, which is vital to any military organization. The climax of the ceremony is reached when both officers read their orders, face one another, salute and transfer responsibility for the command. This provides the entire command with the knowledge that the officer directed by proper authority is taking command and an opportunity to witness this transfer of responsibility.

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