Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore holds change of command

17th Coast Guard District News
CORDOVA, Alaska – Lt. Cmdr. Michael R. Sarnowski relieved Cmdr. James P. Houck as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore in a formal ceremony presided over by Rear Adm. Thomas P. Ostebo, commander Coast Guard District 17, Friday in Cordova.

Houck commanded the Sycamore since June 2008. His next assignment is as the Seventeenth Coast Guard District waterways management division chief in Juneau.

Sarnowski arrived from the Personnel Services and Support Unit in Ketchikan where he served as the commanding officer. His prior assignments include deck watch officer of the cutter Bramble, operations officer of the cutters Woodrush and Maple, the Ninth Coast Guard District’s contingency planner in Cleveland and the commanding officer of the cutter Penobscot Bay.

Sarnowski’s personal awards include a Coast Guard Commendation Medal, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, three Meritorious Team Commendation Ribbons, three Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbons, a Unit Commendation, and two Meritorious Unit Commendations.

Sarnowski is married to the former Kelly Potter of Gasport, N.Y. They have a daughter, Alicia, and a son, Jacob.

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