Coast Guard Cutter Munro to hold Change of Command in Kodiak, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — Capt. Jeff Thomas will relieve Capt. Mark Cawthorn as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro during a change of command ceremony at the Coast Guard Base Kodiak gym, Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Cawthorn has commanded Munro, the only high endurance cutter stationed in Alaska, since July 2011. He will be retiring to Honolulu after 27 years of service.

Thomas is arriving to Munro from duties as assistant director for the Office of Emerging Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

His six previous afloat tours include commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer in Boston, executive officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Rush in Honolulu, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Bainbridge Island in Sandy Hook, N.J., operations officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant in Port Canaveral, Fla., as a deck watch officer on the Coast Guard Cutter Sedge in Homer, Alaska, and as an electronics technician chief on the Coast Guard Cutter Northland in Portsmouth, Va.

His assignments ashore include postings at the Coast Guard Recruit Training Center when in Alameda, Calif., at Coast Guard Training Center New York when on Governor’s Island in New York City, at Coast Guard Base Charleston in Charleston, S.C., at Command and Control Support Facility in Portsmouth, Va., at the Coast Guard Navigation Center in Alexandria, Va., at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., and Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, Joint Staff, at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.

Thomas is a native of Fayette, Ala. He enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1978 and is a 1991 graduate of officer candidate school in Yorktown, Va. He holds a Master of Arts degree in strategic studies and national security awarded by Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

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