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Coast Guard Sector Juneau conducts change of command ceremony


JUNEAU, Alaska — Capt. Shannan Greene transferred command of Coast Guard Sector Juneau to Capt. Phillip Thorne during a change of command ceremony Friday at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau.

Thorne was previously assigned as the Seventeenth District Chief of Response in Juneau where he oversaw all Coast Guard search and rescue, law enforcement, marine environmental response, and ports and waterways security missions along with intelligence support across Alaska. His other ashore assignments included Chief of Enforcement at the Seventeenth Coast Guard District, Philippines Country Officer at Joint Interagency Task Force West and as the Chief of Response at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England.

"I have served in Southeast Alaska for 10 years and have a great appreciation for the significant and positive role that the Coast Guard plays in supporting the region's citizens every day," said Thorne. "I feel honored and privileged to take command of Sector Juneau and I look forward to continuing the great work Capt. Greene and her team accomplished during the past three years."

The change of command ceremony marks a transfer of total responsibility and authority from one individual to another. It is a time-honored tradition conducted before the assembled crew, as well as honored guests and dignitaries to formally demonstrate the continuity of the authority within a command.

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