First Coast Guard District to hold change of command

BOSTON – A change of command ceremony is scheduled for the Commander of the First Coast Guard District at the Coast Guard base in the North End of Boston, July 24, 2009 at 2 p.m.

During the ceremony, Rear Adm. Joseph L. Nimmich, will assume responsibilities from Rear Adm. Dale G. Gabel, as Commander of the First Coast Guard District. Rear Adm. Nimmich is joining the First Coast Guard District from the Joint Interagency Task Force South in Key West, Fla., where, as the director, he led interagency and international operations and intelligence fusion against illicit trafficking.

Rear Adm. Gabel, First District Commander for the past year, will relinquish his command and retire from active duty after a distinguished, 34-year Coast Guard career.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition, which formally restates that the continuity of command will be maintained. It is a formal ritual, conducted before the assembled company of the command. It conveys to the officers, enlisted personnel, civilian employees and auxiliarists of the Coast Guard that although the authority of command is relinquished by one person and is assumed by another, it is still maintained without interruption.

The First Coast Guard District, headquartered in Boston, encompasses an area of eight states from northern New Jersey to the Maine/Canada border, including more than 2,000 miles of shoreline. In an average day, the 12,765 men and women of the Department of Homeland Security’s First Coast Guard District save two lives, conduct 17 search and rescue cases, assist 20 people and safeguard $46,633 in property at sea.

The Coast Guard in New England is tasked with maritime search and rescue and the protection of living marine resources, as well as nine other critical missions. The Coast Guard works simultaneously with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in order to meet this task and ensure compliance with all federal maritime statutes and regulations.

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