Sector Miami Change of Command on Wednesday

MIAMI (D7 Public Affairs) – A change-of-command ceremony is scheduled for the commander of Coast Guard Sector Miami at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Integrated Support Command Miami.

Coast Guard Capt. Karl L. Schultz, Sector Miami commanding officer, will be relinquishing command to Capt. James O. Fitton during a time-honored military tradition that formally transfers command.

A military unit’s change of command is a transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

Fitton reports to Sector Miami from the Coast Guard Personnel Command in Arlington ,Va., where he led a staff of 45 who coordinated assignments for the Coast Guard’s 32,000-member active-duty enlisted workforce. This will be Fitton’s sixth tour in South Florida. He served as the deputy commander of Sector Key West, Fla., and as the commanding officer of Station Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He served two tours at the Seventh District offices and was also an intel analyst at Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence East in Miami.

Schultz, Sector Miami’s commander since July 2006, will be taking over as the Coast Guard’s Chief of Congressional Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Fitton will assume the responsibilities and authorities as Captain of the Port, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator. He will lead one of the busiest and most dynamic commands in the Coast Guard.

The Sector’s four multi-mission stations, eight patrol boats, one aids-to-navigation (ATON) cutter and two ATON teams ensure the safety of lives and property at sea and enforce the nation’s maritime laws.

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