Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River transfers command

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ST. LOUIS — Capt. Martin L. Malloy relieved Capt. Byron L. Black as commander of Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River in an official change of command ceremony, Friday.

Capt. Martin L. Malloy relieved Capt. Byron L. Black as commander of Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River in an official change of command ceremony in St. Louis, July 11, 2014. 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. (Photo courtesy of Bill Coby)

Capt. Martin L. Malloy relieved Capt. Byron L. Black as commander of Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River in an official change of command ceremony in St. Louis, July 11, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Bill Coby)

As sector commander, Black served as Captain of the Port, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Federal on Scene Coordinator, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator. He was responsible for all Coast Guard missions conducted by 286 active duty and reserve members. He assumed command of Sector Upper Mississippi River in July 2011, and will become the Chief of the Prevention Division at the 1st Coast Guard District in Boston.

Malloy graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, and was commissioned as an officer in the Coast Guard in 1990. His operational tours in the Coast Guard include: Marine Safety Office New Orleans, Marine Safety Office Miami, Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, Va., and executive officer of Marine Safety Office Cleveland, Ohio.

Sector Upper Mississippi River is comprise of 11 states and over 2,200 miles of commercially navigable waterway including the Mississippi River, Illinois River and the Missouri River. Sector UMR primarily conducts marine inspections, oil and hazardous material spill response and search and rescue.

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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