Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh change-of-command

Cmdr. Aaron Demo relieved Cmdr. Leon McClain Jr. as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh during a change of command ceremony at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, June 27, 2018. - Courtesy photo by LT Shawn Simeral

Cmdr. Aaron Demo relieved Cmdr. Leon McClain Jr. as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh during a change of command ceremony at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, June 27, 2018. – Courtesy photo by LT Shawn Simeral

NEW ORLEANS – Cmdr. Aaron Demo relieved Cmdr. Leon McClain Jr. as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh during a change of command ceremony at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Wednesday.

As commanding officer of MSU Pittsburgh, Demo will assume the responsibilities of captain of the port, officer in charge of marine inspection, federal maritime security coordinator, and federal on-scene coordinator for an area spanning western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and northern West Virginia. Demo previously served at Coast Guard Headquarters as a traveling inspector.

“I am truly honored by the opportunity to serve as commanding officer of MSU Pittsburgh,” said Demo. “Protecting our vital inland waterways, the environment, and the people of Pittsburgh will take a team effort. I look forward to working with our partner government agencies and port partners to ensure the safety and security of our port, and this great city.”

McClain, who had been the commanding officer since 2015, will report to the Naval War College to earn a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.

“I cannot thank you enough for the support I received here,” said McClain. “We encountered many challenges during my three years. Our success is due to the hard work of the members of this unit, and the many port partners we work with every day. I will always think fondly of my time here, and the friendships and professional relationships I developed.”

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