Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound Change of Command

NEW HAVEN, Conn.–U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Daniel A. Ronan will relieve Capt. Peter J. Boynton as commander of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound and Coast Guard Captain of the Port during a time honored military ceremony 11 a.m. Friday, June 1, at the Coast Guard base, 120 Woodward Avenue, New Haven, Conn. Media desiring to cover the ceremony should arrive at the base by 10:30 a.m.

Following the change of command, Boynton will end his 28-year Coast Guard career and retire to Madison, Conn., with his wife Susan, and their three children, Christine, Adria and Paul.

RADM Timothy S. Sullivan, Commander of the Coast Guard’s First District headquarters in Boston will officiate during the ceremony.

Boynton, who reported to New Haven during June 2004, presided over two of the most significant developments to affect this region’s boating and maritime public-the proposed Broadwater Liquefied Natural Gas facility, and the Coast Guard’s Sector Reorganization.

As commander of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, Boynton led 490 active duty military and civilians, 180 uniformed reservists, and 1,800 volunteers with the Coast Guard Auxiliary at 16 operational units, including rescue stations, navigational aids teams, and cutters in Connecticut and on Long Island. Sector Long Island Sound includes coastal Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Long Island and offshore to 200 miles. From his command in New Haven, he oversaw rescues, pollutions responses, port safety and security enhancements, ice breaking missions, and fisheries and counter narcotics enforcement operations.

During his career, Boynton served 10 years at sea aboard six cutters, including the famed Great Lakes ice breaker Mackinaw, the medium endurance cutter Spencer in Boston, and America’s Tall Ship the USCG Barque Eagle which hails from New London, Conn., and he commanded the patrol boats Cape Morgan in Portland, Maine, and Ocracoke in Puerto Rico, and the medium endurance cutter Escanaba in Boston. While he commanded the Ocracoke, his crews seized 23 tons of marijuana and two tons of cocaine in the Caribbean Sea.

Boynton served at the White House as the Director of Global Affairs on the National Security Council staff coordinating national policy for drug and migrant interdiction, and at the Department of State coordinating international Coast Guard operations. He also served as Chief of Intelligence for a multi-agency drug task force in New York City.

Ronan reports to New Haven following a successful assignment to the First Coast Guard District’s headquarters in Boston as Chief of the Plans and Resources Division. Since reporting to Boston, Ronan managed the District’s $50 million budget and 5,000 personnel resources across New England, Eastern New York and Northern New Jersey. Prior to that assignment, Ronan served as Chief of the Waterways Management Division at Coast Guard Sector New York where he expertly orchestrated one of the largest domestic water evacuations in our nation’s history following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

“I am very excited to be taking over the duties and responsibilities of Captain of the Port and Sector Commander from Captain Peter Boynton,” said Ronan. “Captain Boynton has been an outstanding Sector Commander who has selflessly served the people of Connecticut and Long island for these past three years. I understand I have some big shoes to fill following his retirement and I will work my hardest to continue Sector Long Island Sound’s track record of exemplary service to the maritime community.”

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