Coast Guard Sector Detroit Change of Command

DETROIT (CG Public Affairs) – Captain Fred M. Midgette will relieve Captain Patrick W. Brennan of command of Sector Detroit in a change-of-command ceremony on Thursday, June 19th, 2008 at 10 a.m.

The ceremony will be held at Coast Guard Air Station Detroit located on Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Mt. Clemons, Michigan.

Captain Brennan assumed command of Sector Detroit in March of 2005. As Sector Commander, Captain Brennan was in charge of more than 520 total active duty, reserve and civilian personnel, and over 1,000 Coast Guard Auxiliary members. He oversaw all Coast Guard missions on Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie from Alpena, Michigan, to Vermillion, Ohio, including search and rescue, maritime security, maritime law enforcement, environmental response, domestic icebreaking and waterways management. Captain Brennan fostered strong homeland security and operational partnerships. Under his leadership, Sector Detroit excelled while executing over 3,500 search and rescue cases, over 2000 hours of icebreaking, and over 1,200 vessel and 700 facility inspections. Captain Brennan is transferring to the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans, Louisiana, to serve as the Chief of Response.

Captain Midgette is coming from Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he served as the Coast Guard’s liaison officer to U.S. Northern Command. Captain Midgette is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and was commissioned in 1982 at the Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

Rear Admiral Peter V. Neffenger, Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District, Cleveland, Ohio, is scheduled to preside over the ceremony.

The change of command is a time-honored tradition and deeply rooted in Coast Guard and Naval history. The event signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command. The ceremony is witnessed by all members so that they all know exactly when the transfer of leadership takes place.

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