13th Coast Guard District marks change of command

SEATTLE – A ceremonial firing of cannons will signal a change of command for the Coast Guard’s 13th District at Pier 36 here, Tuesday, July 14, 2009.

The ceremony presided over by Vice Adm. Jody Breckenridge, commander of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area will be held at Pier 36, Sector Seattle, 1519 Alaskan Way South, at 11 a.m, as part of a time-honored maritime tradition.

In the ceremony, Rear Adm. Gary T. Blore will relieve Rear Adm. John P. Currier, who will be promoted to Vice Admiral at the conclusion of the ceremony. Currier, a native of Westbrook, Maine, was selected for Vice Admiral and nominated to be the Coast Guard Chief of Staff by the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen.

Currier’s previous assignments include Pacific Area Chief of Operations; Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Air Station Miami, the world’s busiest air-sea search and rescue unit; Chief of Search and Rescue Operations and Director of Auxiliary for the Ninth Coast Guard District based in Cleveland; Commanding Officer Air Station Detroit and tours of duty at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., and Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, Alaska.

Currier’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, Distringuished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Commendation Medal, Achievement Medal and others.

Blore’s previous assignments include, Assistant Commandant for Acquisition at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; Program Executive Officer of the Coast Guard’s Integrated Deepwater System; Special Assistant to the President, where he became the Homeland Security Council’s Senior Director for Border and Transportation Security; Chief, Office of Aviation Forces, with programmatic oversight for all 30 of the Coast Guard’s air stations; and Executive Officer of a 28-member aviation detachment to Manama, Bahrain, during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Blore’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals and the Transportation 9-11 Medal, as well as other service and campaign awards.

Gun salutes originated as a friendly gesture from one ship to honor another. When a cannon was fired, it partially disarmed the ship, so non-combat firing of a cannon showed respect and trust. The number of guns fired indicated the rank of the individual in command being honored. A 15-gun salute will be fired for Vice Adm. Jody A. Breckenridge, commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area, who will be overseeing the change of command ceremony.

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