Sector Delaware Bay to hold change of command ceremony Friday

PHILADELPHIA – Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony Friday at 11 a.m., at the Union League Club located at Broad and Sansom Streets in Philadelphia.

Capt. Meredith L. Austin, previously the first Planning and Exercises Division Officer for the newly established Deployable Operations Group, will assume responsibilities of command for Sector Delaware Bay from Capt. David L. Scott.

Austin is a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science. In 1994, Austin received a Master of Science in Public Health in Industrial Hygiene from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and in 2007 she received a Master of Arts in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

Austin’s awards include the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Department of Transportation 9-11 Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation and the Marine Safety Designation.

Scott will be retiring after 30 years of dedicated service. Scott received his commission as an Ensign in 1979 after graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Scott also holds a Master of Business degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Rhode Island.

Scott’s awards include Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Coast Guard Unit Commendation Award, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, Humanitarian Service Medal, Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation and the Department of Transportation Outstanding Unit Award.

Sector Delaware Bay encompasses the mid-Atlantic coastal area from Shark River, N.J., to the Delaware-Maryland border. It includes the ports of Philadelphia, Camden and Wilmington on the Delaware River. Austin will command a staff of more than 800 military and civilian personnel in carrying out all of the Coast Guard’s principal activities in this region including marine safety, security and environmental protection, maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, and waterways management.

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