Eighth Coast Guard District changes command, Rear Adm. Kevin Cook retires

Rear Adm. Kevin S. Cook (right) salutes Rear Adm. David R. Callahan (left) as he officially passes command of the Coast Guard's Eighth District to Callahan, Friday, May 15, 2015. Cook was relieved by Callahan as the district commander, a job that carries with it the responsibility of Coast Guard operations spanning 26 states, from the Gulf of Mexico coastline to the Canadian border and all inland waterways within. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition which formally restates to the officers, enlisted, civilian and auxiliary members of the unit, the continuity and authority of command. (U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 2nd Class Seth Johnson)

Rear Adm. Kevin S. Cook (right) salutes Rear Adm. David R. Callahan (left) as he officially passes command of the Coast Guard’s Eighth District to Callahan, Friday, May 15, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 2nd Class Seth Johnson)

NEW ORLEANS — Coast Guard Rear Adm. Kevin S. Cook transferred command of the 8th Coast Guard District to Rear Adm. David R. Callahan during a change-of-command ceremony at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal, Friday.

Rear Adm. Callahan assumed command of the 8th District and responsibility for operations spanning 26 states, including the Gulf coastline from Florida to Mexico and the adjacent offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the inland waterways of the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee River systems. Callahan previously served as Assistant Commandant for Human Resources in Washington, D.C.

After the change-of-command ceremony, Rear Adm. Cook retired after serving the U.S. Coast Guard for 36 years.

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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