Former Commander of Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi retires

Coast Guard District 8 NewsCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Capt. Robert Paulison, commander of Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi from 2007 to 2010, retired at a ceremony held on Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Monday.

Following his command at Sector Corpus Christi, Paulison served as the Coast Guard Ninth District Chief of Response in Cleveland from July 2010 to November 2011. He was responsible for overseeing the search and rescue, law enforcement, and homeland security missions in the Great Lakes region.

Paulison, a 1985 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, flew the HU-25 Falcon Jet, HH-60 Medium Range Rescue Helicopter, and the MH-65 Short Range Rescue Helicopter at various Coast Guard units during his career. His previous units included: Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.; Air Station San Diego; deputy commander/executive officer of Sector North Bend, Oregon; Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; and commander of Sector Corpus Christi.

His Coast Guard career was also highlighted on two separate deployments where he used the Aireye Pollution Surveillance System during historic pollution responses. In 1989, Paulison helped map the oil spill following the grounding of the Exxon Valdez. In 1991, he was deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm to map and track oil spill movement after Iraq released millions of gallons of oil into the Persian Gulf.

Paulison plans to remain in the Corpus Christi area following his retirement.

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