Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay holds virtual change-of-command ceremony

CAPT Mark Hiigel relieves CAPT Greg Fuller as Commander, Sector Humboldt Bay, California April 30, 2020 in a virtual change of command ceremony.

CAPT Mark Hiigel relieves CAPT Greg Fuller as Commander, Sector Humboldt Bay, California April 30, 2020 in a virtual change of command ceremony.

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — Capt. Mark Hiigel relieved Capt. Gregory Fuller as the Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay commander Thursday in a virtual change-of-command ceremony.

As sector commander, Hiigel will oversee Coast Guard operations for 250 miles of coastline from the Mendocino-Sonoma County line north to the California-Oregon border in addition to directing Coast Guard boats and aircraft to respond to any maritime emergency in the region; along the coast, well offshore, or even inland.

Fuller’s next assignment will be as the 17th Coast Guard District chief of staff in Juneau, Alaska.

Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, the 11th Coast Guard District commander, presided over the ceremony.

“To our federal, state, tribal, and local agencies: though we have not yet said hello, I look forward to meeting you,” said Hiigel. “The Northern California Coast is vast and remote and our alliances truly make us stronger together.”

Prior to the change of command, Hiigel was the 1st Coast Guard District’s chief of Incident Management in Boston, Massachusetts.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition, which formally restates that the continuity of command will be maintained. It conveys to the officers, enlisted personnel, civilian employees and auxiliary members of the Coast Guard that although the authority of command is relinquished by one person and is assumed by another, it is still maintained without interruption.

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