Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg holds change of command

Southeastern Coast Guard News
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg crewmembers held a change of command ceremony at the Mahaffey Theater, Wednesday.

Capt. Gregory D. Case relieved Capt. Sheryl L. Dickinson as the sector commander during the official change of command ceremony. A military unit’s change of command is a transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

Rear Adm. William D. Baumgartner, 7th Coast Guard District’s commander, presided over the ceremony where local, state and federal dignitaries were in attendance.

During Dickinson’s command, she served as Captain of the Port overseeing almost 29,000 vessel movements in Tampa Bay. As Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Dickinson headed the maritime safety and security operations in support of the 2012 Republican National Convention. As the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for marine environmental protection, Dickinson led the Florida Peninsula Command Post for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response. Furthermore, she also served as Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator saving 630 lives and more than $45M in property. As officer-in-charge of Marine Inspections, Dickinson regulated safety and security for vessels and waterfront facilities for the largest industrial port in Florida.

Dickinson will be reporting to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., to serve as Acting Director, Incident Management and Preparedness Policy. Case reports from the 5th Coast Guard District Portsmouth, Va., where he served as Chief of Prevention since July 2011.

Sector’s area of responsibility covers more than 400 miles of Florida coastline from Apalachicola Bay to Everglades City and includes Tampa Bay, Charlotte Harbor and the Intracoastal Waterway. Sector’s crew conducts marine environmental protection, marine safety and maritime security operations while also providing logistical support and operational control for Coast Guard units conducting search and rescue and maritime law enforcement missions.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Florida and to work with the maritime community of the Tampa Bay area,” said Dickinson. The men and women of Sector St. Petersburg are the most capable and professional Coast Guardsmen I have served with, and I am proud to have been their sector commander.”

Case reports for duty accompanied by his wife, Erin and four children: Lauren 23, Megan 22, Samantha 20 and Elle 6.

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