Coast Guard District 11 holds Change of Command Ceremony

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard’s 11th District exchanged leadership today in a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Island, Alameda, Calif. The 11th District is responsible for Coast Guard operations within the states of California, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona.

Rear Adm. Paul F. Zukunft assumed command of the District, replacing Rear Adm. Craig E. Bone, who is retiring after a 31 year Coast Guard career.

Rear Adm. Zukunft spent the last year and eight months as the Director of the Joint Interagency Task Force West (JITFW) at Camp H M Smith, Hawaii. Prior to reporting as Director of JIATFW, Zukunft was the Chief of Staff of the Coast Guard District 14 in Honolulu, and served extensively in the cutter fleet, commanding three cutters while patrolling in Atlantic and Pacific theatres.

Zukunft shore assignments include Operations Officer, Vessel Traffic Service, New Orleans, Chief of Port Operations, Marine Safety Office Corpus Christi, where he supervised a $100 million Superfund clean-up. He was also Commanding Officer of the Training Quota Management Center where he supervised the execution of advanced training programs for all officer and enlisted personnel.

Zukunft graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government. He graduated in 1988 with a Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo. In 1997 he graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Studies and International Affairs.

His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merritt, five Meritorious Service Medals with Operational device, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and two Coast Guard Achievement medals with Operational device. He also wears the permanent Coast Guard Cutterman pin.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition which formally restates to the officers and enlisted personnel of the command, the continuity and authority of command. It is a formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of the command and it confirms to the men and women of the unit that the authority of command is maintained. The ceremony is a transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

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