Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Wilmington Schedules Change of Command

WILMINGTON, NC – The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit, Wilmington will welcome its new Commanding Officer during a Change of Command ceremony at Thalian Hall in Wilmington, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on June 15, 2007. The presiding official for this ceremony will be Captain William “Dean” Lee, Commander of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina.

Commander John P. Nadeau will relieve Commander Byron L. Black. Commander Black has served as the Captain of the Port and Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection for two years. He will be transferring to Coast Guard Headquarters where he will assume his new position as Chief of Mission Analysis. He graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1987 and completed tours of duty in Anchorage and Kodiak, Alaska, Seattle, Washington, Memphis, Tennessee, Alameda, CA and Wilmington, NC. Commander Black is a native of Atlanta, GA.

Commander Nadeau comes to Wilmington from the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center, Washington, D.C., where he held the positions of Chief of the Tank Vessel and Offshore Division, Chief of the Hull Division, and leader of the Salvage Engineering Response Team. A native of Saco, Maine, he has completed tours of duty in Panama City, Florida, Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, and Corpus Christy, Texas. Commander Nadeau is a 1989 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy. He holds Master of Science degrees in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and a Master of Arts degree in Homeland Security and Defense.

The Change of Command Ceremony is a time-honored tradition of the military services, which demonstrates publicly to the officers and enlisted personnel of the command that the authority of the command has passed from one individual to another. It is unique in today’s world because it signifies the acceptance and transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability for all actions of the command.

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