Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi Change-of-Command

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi is scheduled to host a change-of-command ceremony for the commander of Sector Corpus Christi, Friday at 10 a.m.

During the change-of-command ceremony, Capt. Robert Paulison will assume the responsibilities of Commander, Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi from Capt. John Korn. Rear Adml. Joel Whitehead, the Eighth Coast Guard District Commander, is scheduled to preside over the change-of-command ceremony.

Capt. Korn was the first commander for the sector, which was formed in May 2005. Sector Corpus Christi oversees 16 sub-units, 618 active duty and reserve service members, and 276 Auxiliarists. The sector’s “area of responsibility” includes all of New Mexico, South Texas, and 300 miles of shoreline from the Colorado River to the Rio Grande River.

Capt. Paulison arrives from Coast Guard Headquarters were he served as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored event preserved by the rich heritage of naval tradition. It is a formal custom that is designed to strengthen the respect for authority, which is vital to any military organization. The climax of the ceremony is reached when both officers read their orders, face one another, salute and transfer responsibility for the command. This provides the entire command with the knowledge that the officer directed by proper authority is taking command and an opportunity to witness this transfer of responsibility.

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