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News Release

May 14, 2010


Coast Guard Pacific Area holds Change of Command

***Media invited to attend***


ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard Pacific Area commander will be relieved in a change of command ceremony to be held on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Monday.

Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown, former commander of the 14th Coast Guard District, in Hawaii will relieve Vice Adm. Jody A. Breckenridge.

         Vice Adm. Breckenridge assumed the duties as Commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area in July 2009 and will be retiring after 34 years of service after the change of command ceremony.  During her time as the Pacific Area commander Breckenridge oversaw the implementation of Coast Guard Modernization and the standing up of the Force Readiness command and the commissioning of the Coast Guards first National Security Cutters, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Waesche.

Vice Adm. Brown, a Washington, D.C. native, graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1978, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  Brown also holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a Master of Science degree in National Resources Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.  He is also a registered professional civil engineer.

         Media interested in attending the ceremony should contact the Pacific Area Public Affairs office at (510) 437 3375.  Media should arrive no later than 10 am for the 10:30 am ceremony and have media credentials, a driver’s license and proof of insurance if operating a vehicle to access Coast Guard Island.

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