Sector Boston Schedules Change of Command

BOSTON – Coast Guard Sector Boston will hold a change of command and retirement ceremony at Integrated Support Command Boston, 427 Commercial St., Wednesday at 10 a.m.

During the ceremony, Capt. Gail Kulisch, previously senior fellow for Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Study Group, will assume the responsibilities from Capt. James McDonald as commander of Sector Boston.

McDonald, sector commander for the past three years, will relinquish his command and retire after 25 years of active duty service in the Coast Guard.

Sector Boston’s area of responsibility extends from the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border, south to Plymouth, Mass., west to New York and seaward 200 nautical miles. The commander of Sector Boston is specifically designated in writing, and referred to in law, as the captain of the port, federal maritime security coordinator, federal on-scene coordinator and officer in charge of marine inspections.

Annually, Sector Boston performs more than 150 foreign vessel safety and security examinations, responds to more than 75 oil/hazardous chemical spills, and escorts 60 Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tankers, resulting in the safe delivery of more than two billion gallons of LNG to Boston. From 2004-2007, Sector Boston coordinated 500 search and rescue cases, which resulted in 225 lives saved.

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