Seventh Coast Guard District receives new admiral

MIAMI – The Seventh Coast Guard District received its new commander, Rear Adm. Bill Baumgartner, Thursday during a change of command ceremony held at Air Station Miami in Opa Locka, Fla.

Baumgartner, previously the Coast Guard’s Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C., assumed responsibilities as district commander and Director of Homeland Security Task Force-Southeast from Rear Adm. Steve Branham. Branham became the district commander May 2, 2008, and retired Thursday after more than 37 years of honorable service.

The Seventh Coast Guard District, headquartered in Miami, is a 1.8 million square mile area of responsibility that encompasses the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean basin. The district comprises six sectors and three major air stations. The district is also home to the two busiest cruise ship ports in the nation, with than 4 million visitors per year.

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