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Media Advisory

May 24, 2010

U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

Contact: Headquarters Public Affairs

Office: (202) 372-4630

Coast Guard commandant change of command

WASHINGTON – Adm. Thad W. Allen will be relieved by Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr., as commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard during a military change of command ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, 11 a.m., at Fort Lesley J. McNair.  Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will preside over the event.

The following facts apply:

WHO:        The Honorable Janet Napolitano, secretary, Department of Homeland Security

                  Adm. Thad W. Allen, commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

                  Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr., prospective commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

WHAT:      A change of command ceremony.  This is a time-honored naval tradition, which formally restates the continuity and authority of command and is unique in the world today.  It involves the total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

WHEN:      11 a.m., Tuesday, May 25, 2010.  Media should plan to arrive by 10:15 a.m.

WHERE:    Fort Lesley J. McNair

                  2nd Street, SW

                  Washington, DC 20593

Editor’s note:  Interested media should contact Ms. Nadine Santiago at (202) 372-4646 or to coordinate entry onto Fort Lesley J. McNair, parking, and interviews by noon Monday. Media will have designated parking at Coast Guard Headquarters and should plan to arrive no later than 10:15 a.m.  Space is limited and will be provided on a first come first serve basis.

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