Coast Guard Vice Commandant Change of Watch

Washington – Earlier today, VADM Sally Brice-O’Hara relieved VADM David Pekoske as Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard during a Change of Watch ceremony held at Fort McNair. Here is the text of the All Hands email that VADM Pekoske released to mark the occasion:

“To the Men and Women of the U. S. Coast Guard:

It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve as your Vice Commandant. We are all part of an extraordinary integrated-mission Service and, because of your hard work and resiliency, our workforce is our greatest asset. Your performance following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, your ongoing response to the Gulf oil spill and your daily execution of our broad mission set world-wide exemplifies the Coast Guard’s value to the Nation. Thank you for all you do.

Under Admiral Allen’s leadership, we have made great strides. We modernized our organizational structure, drastically improved service delivery and support for mission execution and we’re developing a change-centric culture. Our services have never been in greater demand and I am extremely proud that, now more than ever, the Coast Guard is a model for the federal government.

Later this morning, I will pass the watch to Vice Admiral Sally Brice-O’Hara. You are in great hands. VADM Brice-O’Hara is an outstanding leader who brings to the job superlative expertise and commitment. The transition of senior leadership offers the organization the opportunity for healthy change and improvement. I encourage you to embrace the change and provide VADM Brice-O’Hara the same remarkable support that you provided to me.

U.S. Coast Guard video by Telfair H. Brown, Sr.

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