Sector North Carolina to Welcome New Commander

Morehead City, N.C. – Coast Guard Sector North Carolina will welcome a new Sector Commander during a change of command ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City.

Capt. W. Dean Lee will be relieved by Capt. June Ryan as the Sector Commander.

Rear Adm. Fred M. Rosa, the Coast Guard Fifth District Commander, will preside.

Ryan, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa, holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology and a Masters of Arts degree in Adult Education.

Ryan comes to Sector North Carolina from her assignment as the Executive Assistant to the Coast Guard Pacific Area Commander in Alameda, Calif. During this assignment she coordinated the myriad of tasks associated with the Pacific Area Commander’s national and international responsibilities across the 73 million square mile area of responsibility.

In previous assignments Ryan has served as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutters Cape Morgan and Neah Bay as well as Group Commander, Charleston, S.C.; Deputy Group Commander, St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Deputy Sector Commander and Alternate Captain of the Port, Charleston, S.C. Ryan has also served as the Military Aide to the President, only the third woman in U.S History to do so.

Ryan is married to Chief Warrant Officer Timothy Ryan, USCG, Retired, of Wayne, N.J. They currently reside in Morehead City with their 5 year old daughter Aisling.

Capt. Lee, a native of Richmond, Va., assumed command of Sector North Carolina July 29, 2005 and has served as the first commander of this new unit which consolidated the three major commands in North Carolina. Upon Relief he will assume the position of Chief of Staff for the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami, Fla.

Lee’s wife Mary and two sons, Brendan and Landon will stay in Morehead City while he serves his tour in Miami. Captain Lee will commute back and forth as often as possible.

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