Posted by: arbeam | July 26, 2014

July 25: Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor Change of Command

CG MFPU Bangor change of commandBangor WA –  Cmdr. Michael L. Schoonover relieved Cmdr. Thomas P. Sullivan as commanding officer of Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor, during a change-of-command ceremony held at Naval Base Kitsap in Silverdale, Friday.

Rear Adm. Richard T. Gromlich, commander of the 13th Coast Guard District, presided over the ceremony.

Schoonover previously served as the chief of response at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle, where he was responsible for all search and rescue, homeland security, law enforcement and pollution response efforts along the northern Washington Coast, and in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound and San Juan Islands.

CG MFPU Bangor change of command

Rear Adm. Richard T. Gromlich, presents Cmdr. Thomas P. Sullivan with a Meritorious Service Medal to recognize his efforts while serving as Commanding Officer of Coast Guard MFPU Bangor

The mission of MFPU Bangor is to protect special, high-value units in their homeport transit areas, as part of the ports, waterways and coastal security mission. The Coast Guard crews assigned to MFPU Bangor are trained and equipped to provide security escorts to a variety of Navy assets transiting the Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca. Crews employ their Coast Guard law enforcement authority to enforce a security zone surrounding U.S. Naval submarines in the Sector Puget Sound Captain of the Port zone.

The crew of MFPU Bangor completed more than 300 escorts of Navy submarines through Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca under Sullivan’s command.

Sullivan retired from the Coast Guard after 33 years of service as both an enlisted electronics technician and a commissioned officer, during a retirement ceremony following the change of command.  He plans to remain in the Pacific Northwest.

The change-of-command ceremony 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. All members of the unit attend the ceremony to witness the complete transfer of leadership.

US Coast Guard news article by Katelyn Shearer

 

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