Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound to hold change of command

SEATTLE — U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound is scheduled to hold a change-of-command ceremony Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 1 p.m., at Coast Guard Base Seattle, located at 1519 Alaskan Way South Seattle, Wa.

During the ceremony, Capt. Scott Ferguson will transfer command to Capt. Joe Raymond. Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich, commander of the 13th Coast Guard District, will preside over the ceremony.

Ferguson served as commander of Sector Puget Sound since August 2010, and will retire from the Coast Guard with more than 30 years of distinguished service at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Raymond is currently stationed at Sector Puget Sound, serving as the sector deputy commander. His past afloat assignments include commanding officer of both Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo (WPB 1314) and Coast Guard Cutter Shamal (WPC 13). In addition to his afloat assignments, Raymond also served as commander of Maritime Force Protection Unit Kings Bay from 2007-2009.

The change-of-command ceremony 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 attended by all members of the unit so they all witness the transfer of leadership.

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