Ninth Coast Guard District Change of Command Planned

CLEVELAND – Rear Adm. Peter V. Neffenger will relieve Rear Adm. John E. Crowley, Jr., of command of the Ninth Coast Guard District in a change-of-command ceremony, here, Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 1 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at the Port of Cleveland’s Dock #32.

Crowley assumed command of the Ninth Coast Guard District in April 2006, and will retire after more than 33 years of service. As District Commander, Crowley was in charge of more than 6,000 active duty, reserve duty, civilian and Auxiliary men and women; whom conducted more than 8,700 search-and-rescue missions, executed more than 25,400 law enforcement boardings, and inspected more than 6,650 vessels.

Neffenger is coming from Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he was the Chief of the Office of Budget and Programs. His responsibilities included reviewing Coast Guard programs and developing and defending the Coast Guard’s $9 billion budget before the Administration and Congress. Prior to that assignment, he served as the Captain of the Port, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator and Commander of Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach, Calif.

Neffenger is a native of Elyria, Ohio, and was commissioned in 1982 at Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Va. He earned three Master’s degrees: National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College; Public Administration from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government; and Business Management from Central Michigan University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

Adm. Thad W. Allen, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, is scheduled to preside over the ceremony.

The change of command 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 witnessed by all members so that they all know exactly when the transfer of leadership takes place.

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