Coast Guard Response Boat-Medium Project Resident Office to hold change-of-command ceremony

13th Coast Guard District NewsSEATTLE — U.S. Coast Guard Response Boat-Medium Project Resident Office is scheduled to hold a change-of-command ceremony, July 13, 2011, at the Kvichak Marine Industries Facility in Kent, Wash., at 3:30 p.m.

Cmdr. Scott Washburn, who assumed command of RB-M PRO in August 2008, will transfer the duties and responsibilities to Cmdr. Gregory Rothrock, who is coming from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, in New London, Conn., where he served as the Character Development Officer in the Cadet Training Branch.

The ceremony will be overseen by Rear Adm. John Korn, Asst. Commandant for Acquisition and Chief Acquisition Officer.

Rothrock grew up in Bethlehem, Pa., and graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management in 2005 from Northeastern University. His military awards include four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon, and several unit, team and service awards.

Upon relief of command, Washburn will report to the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Headquarters at Washington D.C., as the Acquisition Program Manager.

The Coast Guard RB-M Acquisition is the third initiative in the Response Boats 2010 strategic vision and transition plan, aimed at standardizing and revitalizing the Coast Guard’s shore based response fleet. The Response Boat-Medium will recapitalize the capability of the existing multi-mission 41-foot utility boats and multiple non-standard boats. The first RB-M was delivered to Station Little Creek, Va., in March 2008 and 60 more have been delivered to the fleet since then. The Coast Guard anticipates acquiring a total of 180 RB-Ms.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored naval tradition which formally acknowledges the transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

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