Coast Guard Sector San Francisco to hold Change of Command Ceremony

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
SAN FRANCISCO — Coast Guard Sector San Francisco will host a change of command ceremony on Yerba Buena Island, Wednesday, 10 a.m.

Capt. Cynthia Stowe will be relieved by Capt. Gregory Stump as commander of Coast Guard Sector San Francisco during the ceremony.

Stump’s previous assignment was as the Deputy Sector Commander of Sector Puget Sound, Seattle, Wa. He has also served at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as Deputy Operations Officer for the Deployable Operations Group, as the Chief of Response at Sector New Orleans, as the Chief of Leadership and Professional Development at Coast Guard Headquarters, as the Commander of Tactical Law Enforcement Team Gulf, as the Assistant Operations Officer at Activities New York, as a team leader with the International Maritime Law Enforcement Team and at the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Al.

Stump received his commission after graduating from Officer Candidate School in 1990. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute, a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College, a Master of Business Administration from Boston University, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from San Diego University.

Stowe’s next assignment is the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commandant of Operations at Coast Guard Headquarters.

Sector San Francisco is made up of over 790 active, reserve and civilian personnel. The Sector area of responsibility spans from the Oregon border south to San Luis Obispo and includes over 2,500 miles of shoreline.

The Change of Command Ceremony is a time-honored event preserved by the rich heritage of naval tradition. It is a custom that is formal and follows military protocol and is designed to strengthen the respect for the continuity of command that is vital to military organization. The culmination of the ceremony is reached when both officers read their orders, face one another, salute and transfer responsibility for the command. This provides the entire command with the knowledge that the officer, directed by proper authority, is taking command and provides an opportunity to witness this transfer of responsibility.

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