Sector Columbia River to hold Change of Command Thursday

13th Coast Guard District News
ASTORIA, Ore. – U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River is scheduled to hold a change-of-command ceremony Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 10 a.m., at Sector Columbia River, located at 2185 SE 12th Place Warrenton, Ore.

During the ceremony, Capt. Douglas Kaup will transfer command to Capt. Bruce Jones. Rear Adm. Gary T. Blore, Commander of the 13th Coast Guard District, will preside over the ceremony.

Kaup served as Commander of Sector Columbia River since July 24, 2009, and will retire from the Coast Guard with 31 years of distinguished service at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Jones comes to Sector Columbia River from Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he served as Chief of the Office of Strategic Operations. Jones also served as commander of Air Station New Orleans from 2004-2006, personally flying rescue missions following Hurricane Katrina.

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. The ceremony is attended by all members of the unit so they all witness the transfer of leadership.

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