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11th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: July 19, 2012

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Multimedia Release: Rear Adm. Karl Schultz takes the helm of the 11th Coast Guard District

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Coast Guard Rear Adm. Karl L. Schultz took the helm from Rear Adm. Joseph "Pepe" Castillo as commander of the 11th Coast Guard District during a change of command ceremony held at Coast Guard Island, Thursday.

Prior to assuming the role as the 11th Coast Guard District's new senior leader, Schultz most recently served as the Director for Governmental and Public Affairs, leading the Coast Guard's external engagement with Congress, top tier media and intergovernmental agencies. From 2008 to 2010, Schultz was the Coast Guard's Chief of Congressional Affairs, overseeing all aspects of agency interaction and engagement with Congress and principal advisor to Coast Guard leadership on legislative affairs. Before his time at Coast Guard Headquarters, Schultz was Miami's Sector Commander from 2006 to 2008, where he oversaw multi-mission operations along 165 miles of Florida coastline.

"I can think of no more relevant or exciting operational area than the 11th District region to showcase the broad spectrum of missions and challenges the Coast Guard faces today, from ensuring the safety and security of some of our nation's most critical seaports, to thwarting the flow of illicit narcotics in the Eastern Pacific," said Schultz. "We will continue to keenly focus on performing our varied missions with strategic intent, technical competence and professionalism."

Castillo assumed his duties as 11th Coast Guard District Commander in July 2009, becoming the first Hispanic to command a Coast Guard district. In fiscal year 2011, 11th Coast Guard District units responded to more than 3,600 search and rescue cases, saved 540 lives and provided assistance to nearly 8,000 others. In partnership with the U.S. Navy and other nations in Central and South America, Coast Guard assets stopped more than 34 tons of cocaine in maritime transit zones in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

"The 11th District performed well by every measure, maintaining a steady course towards operational and personal excellence," said Castillo. "Most importantly, to the men and women of the 11th District — active duty, reserve, civilian, and Auxiliarist — you performed magnificently. I asked for your best effort, and you gave it. Thank you." 

The area of responsibility for the 11th Coast Guard District includes California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah, as well as the coastal and international waters off the Coast of Mexico, Central America and South America.

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Rear Admiral Karl L. Schultz, incoming commander of Coast Guard District 11, presents remarks during a change of command ceremony on Coast Guard Island, July 19, 2012. During the ceremony, Schultz assumed command of the four-state region that comprises District 11 from Rear Adm. Joseph "Pepe" Castillo, signifying formal transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Rachel Polish

120719-G-ZU774-004 11th District Change of Command

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Rear Admiral Karl L. Schultz, incoming commander of 11th Coast Guard District, delivers remarks during a change of command ceremony on Coast Guard Island, July 19, 2012. During the ceremony, Schultz assumed command of the four-state region that comprises the 11th Coast Guard District from Rear Adm. Joseph "Pepe" Castillo, signifying formal transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Rachel Polish.

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft (second from left), Rear Adm. Joseph "Pepe" Castillo (third from left) and Rear Admiral Karl L. Schultz (fourth from left) salute during a change of command ceremony, July 19, 2012. During the ceremony, Schultz assumed command of the four-state region that comprises Coast Guard District 11 from Castillo, signifying formal transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Rachel Polish

120719-G-ZU774-002 11th District Change of Command

ALAMEDA, Calif. — U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft (second from left), Rear Adm. Joseph "Pepe" Castillo (third from left) and Rear Admiral Karl L. Schultz (fourth from left) salute during a change of command ceremony, July 19, 2012. During the ceremony, Schultz assumed command of the four-state region that comprises the 11th Coast Guard District from Castillo, signifying formal transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Rachel Polish.

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Rear Adm. Joseph "Pepe" Castillo and Rear Adm. Karl Schultz inspect the honor platoon during the Coast Guard District 11 change of command ceremony, July 19, 2012, at Coast Guard Island. As the outgoing commander Castillo led the inspection which represents the first opportunity for the incoming commander, Schultz, to inspect his crew. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Caleb Critchfield.

120719-G-MZ900-063 11th District Change of Command

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Rear Adm. Joseph "Pepe" Castillo and Rear Adm. Karl Schultz inspect the honor platoon during the 11th Coast Guard District change of command ceremony, July 19, 2012, at Coast Guard Island. As the outgoing commander, Castillo led the inspection, which represents the first opportunity for the incoming commander — Schultz — to inspect his crew. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Caleb Critchfield.



Media kit information:

Change of Command Video

Rear Adm. Karl L. Schultz remarks

Rear Adm. Joseph "Pepe" Castillo remarks

Legion of Merit Award citation for Rear Adm. Castillo

Media Advisory: New commander to lead the 11th Coast Guard District

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