Coast Guard Pacific Area holds Change of Command

ALAMEDA, Calif. — A former Commander of the 11th Coast Guard District here assumed command of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Forces West during a change of command ceremony held at 10:30 a.m. today at the base pier.

Vice Adm. Jody A. Breckenridge, who spent the last two years as the Coast Guard’s Director, Strategic Transformation Team, Washington, D.C., replaced Vice Adm. David Pekoske, who is assuming the position of Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard.

During her tenure as commander, the Eleventh Coast Guard District stepped up its interagency collaboration leading to record drug seizures including the motor-vessel Gatun, the largest maritime interdiction in U.S. history, and the arrest of Francisco Javier Arellano Felix, head of the Arellano Felix Drug Cartel. Her prior flag assignment was as Commander Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific, with responsibility for all mission support in the Pacific Theater.

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