Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur to hold change of command ceremony

Coast Guard 8th District NewsCoast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur will hold a change of command ceremony during which, Capt. John Plunkett will officially retire and transfer the duties of commanding officer to Capt. George Paitl. Rear Adm. Roy A. Nash, commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, will preside over the change of command ceremony. Rear Adm. Kevin Cook, directory of prevention policy will preside over the retirement.

Paitl arrives in Port Arthur from a previous assignment as the deputy commander at Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., where he oversaw operations and administration of Coast Guard units in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. He has served 21 years in the Coast Guard.

Plunkett, who will retire with 24 years of service, has been the commanding officer of MSU Port Arthur since July 2008.

“It has been an honor and privilege serving with the crew of the best and busiest marine safety unit in the Coast Guard,” said Plunkett. “When faced with the challenges of protecting the public, safeguarding the environment, and facilitating the flow of commerce critical to our national security, the men and women of Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur have always demonstrated the finest professionalism, selflessness, and real concern for their community. I am proud of what they have accomplished over the last 3 years and they should be too.”

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