Coast Guard Sector Juneau holds change of command ceremony

Capt. Phillip R. Thorne stands beside Rear Adm. Michael McAllister after relinquishing his command of Coast Guard Sector Juneau to Capt. Stephen R. White, at The Alaska State Museum in Juneau, Alaska, May 4, 2018. Immediately after the change of command ceremony, a retirement ceremony was held for Thorne who served in the Coast Guard for 27 years. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios.

Capt. Phillip R. Thorne stands beside Rear Adm. Michael McAllister after relinquishing his command of Coast Guard Sector Juneau to Capt. Stephen R. White, at The Alaska State Museum in Juneau, Alaska, May 4, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios.

JUNEAU, Alaska — Capt. Phillip Thorne transferred command of Coast Guard Sector Juneau to Capt. Stephen White during a change of command ceremony Friday at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau.

White was previously assigned as the Seventeenth District Chief of Enforcement where he oversaw all Coast Guard law enforcement and ports and waterways security missions across the state of Alaska. His other notable assignments include commanding officer of the Alaska-based Coast Guard Cutters Alex Haley and Anacapa, chief of international planning at Coast Guard Atlantic Area, and Coast Guard liaison to U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

“Having spent over 12 years of my career in Alaska, I am looking forward to the chance to spearhead the high level of service that Sector Juneau provides to the residents of southeast Alaska,” said White. “It is my honor to take command and I express my profound appreciation to Captain Thorne for leaving such a highly-trained and motivated workforce.”

The change of command ceremony marks a transfer of total responsibility and authority from one individual to another. It is a time-honored tradition conducted before the assembled crew, as well as honored guests and dignitaries to formally demonstrate the continuity of the authority within a command.

As the sector commander, Capt. White will serve as the Captain of the Port, officer in charge of marine inspection, federal on-scene coordinator, search and rescue mission coordinator, and federal maritime security coordinator for all of southeast Alaska.

Following the change of command ceremony, Capt. Thorne retired from the Coast Guard after 27 years of service.

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