Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago to hold Change of Command ceremony

CHICAGO — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago will hold a change-of-command ceremony, Friday at 10 a.m.

During the ceremony, Capt. Jason Neubauer, the current commanding officer, will transfer the duties and responsibilities of commanding officer to Cmdr. Ryan Manning. Neubauer will be transferring to Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. to take over the office in charge of maritime investigations. Manning is arriving at MSU Chicago from Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach where he was the chief of prevention.

A change-of-command ceremony is a military tradition that represents an official transfer of authority and responsibility from one officer to another. Many of the military traditions are displayed during a change of command ceremony, such as an inspection of the crew and a military band performance. A commanding officer is an officer in charge of a military unit and the person responsible for all operations associated with the unit and the overall well-being of the crew.

Marine Safety Unit Chicago is responsible for executing the Coast Guard’s port safety and security, marine environmental protection, and commercial vessel safety missions under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security. These missions ensure a safe, secure, and environmentally sound maritime domain that continues to promote recreation and the free flow of commerce on Southern Lake Michigan, as well as the Chicago Area Waterway System and the Illinois River Watershed.

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