Coast Guard Sector San Francisco to hold Change of Command

SAN FRANCISCO – Captain Cynthia L. Stowe will relieve Captain Paul M. Gugg as Sector San Francisco Commander during a Change of Command ceremony at Sector San Francisco on Yerba Buena Island, Calif, August 11, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.

As the Commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco, Captain Gugg led more than 700 Active Duty, Reserve and Civilian personnel in their mission to support and protect Northern California’s ports and waterway users and safeguard the unique environment in which they operate. Captain Gugg is retiring after 27 years of active duty service in the Coast Guard.

Captain Stowe is reporting to Sector San Francisco from assignment as the Deputy Sector Commander of Sector Miami, Fla, during which time she oversaw five deepwater ports, four Search and Rescue Stations, and eight Coast Guard Cutters spanning over 200 miles of Southeast Florida coastline and 250,000 square miles of ocean, including the waters adjacent to and surrounding the Bahamas.

Coast Guard Sector San Francisco is responsible for all day-to-day Coast Guard operations throughout most of Northern California, Nevada, Utah and a small part of Wyoming. The Sector’s missions include search and rescue, law enforcement, environmental protection, port security, merchant mariner licensing, and vessel inspection and safety programs for all types of vessels including recreational boats, commercial fishing vessels, charter boats, ferries, and large merchant vessels. The Sector includes seven small boat stations, one aids-to-navigation team and four patrol boats.

The Change of Command ceremony is a revered military tradition, which formally restates to the officers and crew of the command the continuity and authority of command. It is a formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of the command, and it confirms to the men and women of the unit that the authority of command is maintained. The ceremony is a transfer of total responsibility, authority, and accountability from one individual to another.

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