Coast Guard Pacific Area to hold change-of-command ceremony

11th Coast Guard District NewsALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard Pacific Area (PACAREA) commander will be relieved in a change-of-command ceremony scheduled for Friday, at 10 a.m., at Coast Guard Island in Alameda.

Vice Adm. Paul Zukunft, former assistant commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship, at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., will relieve Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown, as Coast Guard Pacific Area commander, during the time-honored military tradition.

Brown assumed the duties as PACAREA commander in May 2010. During his time as PACAREA commander, Brown oversaw the reconstitution of the PACAREA staff and the commissioning of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, which included First Lady Michelle Obama as the ship’s sponsor. Brown is heading to Coast Guard Headquarters to assume the duties of Deputy Commandant for Mission Support.

Zukunft, a North Branford, Conn., native, graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1977, with a Bachelor of Science degree in government. He holds a Master of Arts degree in management from Webster University and a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Studies and International Affairs from the U.S. Naval War College. Zukunft served as the Federal-On-Scene-Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf where he directed federal, state, and local agencies in response efforts.

The area of responsibility of PACAREA is 74 million square miles ranging from South America, north to the Arctic Circle and west to the Far East.

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