Marine Safety Unit Portland activation and change of command ceremony

PORTLAND, Ore. — Capt. Daniel L. LeBlanc will relieve Capt. Leonard R. Tumbarello as Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland, Ore., in a ceremony being held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Marine Safety Unit Portland.

Tumbarello will assume the duties of Deputy Commander of Sector Columbia River in Astoria, Ore., which was formed along with Marine Safety Unit Portland by combining Sector Portland with Group/Air Station Astoria during a ceremony that was held in Astoria, Monday.

Both newly formed units are aimed at increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of Coast Guard personnel and assets.

“As Commanding Officer of the newly commissioned Marine Safety Unit Portland, my primary focus will be to maintain, and in many cases exceed, the traditional high level of customer service provided to the maritime industry stakeholders in the Portland area,” said LeBlanc.

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.

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