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5th District Mid Atlantic Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

June 13, 2012


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PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard holds change of command ceremony in Portsmouth, Va.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Joel D. Dolbeck relieves Capt. Fredrick J. Sommer June 11, 2012, during the Base Portsmouth change of command, as Rear Adm. Richard T. Gromlich presides over the ceremony. Dolbeck was reporting from the Acquisition Directorate in headquarters as the Response-Boat Medium project officer and Sommer was retiring after 27 years of service. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Ryan Miller.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. - U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Frederick J. Sommer receives a shadow box from Senior Chief Petty Officer Alphonso Dillard June 11, 2012, during the Base Portsmouth change of command ceremony. Sommer has three Meritorious Service Medals, four Coast Guard Commendations Medals and two Coast Guard Achievement Medals. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Ryan Miller. PORTSMOUTH, Va. - U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Richard T. Gromlich presents Capt. Frederick J. Sommer with a certificate of retirement during the Base Portsmouth change of command ceremony June 11, 2012. Capt. Sommer is retiring after 27 years of service. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Ryan Miller.



PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard members held a change of command ceremony here Monday.

Capt. Joel D. Dolbeck relieved Capt. Frederick J Sommer as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Base Portsmouth. Sommer retired after serving 27 years in the service.

Dolbeck reported from the Acquisition Directorate at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he served as the 45-foot Response Boat - Medium project officer.

Base Portsmouth provides base utilities, building and grounds maintenance and enforces environmental responsibilities for the base. Base Portsmouth also provides shore services to homeported and visiting vessels, manages shipping and receiving, warehouse facilities and base security.

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