Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach to hold change-of-command

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The command of Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach will be transferred from Capt. Paul E. Wiedenhoeft to Capt. Roger R. Laferriere in a change-of-command ceremony to be held July 15 at Reservation Point on Terminal Island in San Pedro, Calif.

Capt. Laferriere, originally from Lowell, Mass., received his commission from the Coast Guard in 1988. He holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science, a Masters of Science in Industrial Hygiene and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Marine Corps War College. Capt. Laferriere has served as executive officer of Marine Safety Office in Toledo, Ohio, commanding officer of the Atlantic Strike Team, and deputy Sector Commander of Sector Honolulu, Hawaii. On July 15, Capt. Laferriere will become the new Sector Commander of Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach.

Capt. Wiedenhoeft, originally from Beaver Dam, Wis., has served as Sector Commander of Sector LA-LB and Captain of the Port since 2006. He received his commission from the United Stated Coast Guard Academy in 1983. During his career, Capt. Weidenhoeft has commanded a patrol boat, a buoy tender, and a medium endurance cutter, executing Coast Guard missions afloat in the Caribbean Sea, the Arctic Circle, the Bering Sea, and the Pacific Ocean. Capt. Weidenhoeft will continue his service at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as Deputy for Assistant Commandant for Capabilities.

Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach is an operational unit of the Coast Guard that is responsible for the execution of all Coast Guard missions in an area of responsibility that stretches south to the San Diego County line and north to Morro Bay, Calif. Along these 320 miles of coastline, Sector LA-LB is directly responsible for port safety and security, search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, environmental response, vessel inspections, and maritime aids to navigation.

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 of authority, which is vital to any military organization. The ceremony culminates when both officers read their orders, face one another and salute. This signifies to the command that the transfer of responsibility is officially complete.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at Reservation Point. Reservation Point is located at 1001 S. Seaside Ave., San Pedro, Calif., 90731.

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