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13th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: June 28, 2013

13th District External Affairs

Contact: PA3 Jordan Akiyama

Office: (206) 220-7237

News/Photo Release: 13th Coast Guard District's change-of-command ceremony holds new beginnings

Rear Adm. Richard T. Gromlich (left) and Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor (right) shake hands after Gromlich relieved Taylor of command of the 13th Coast Guard District during a formal ceremony presided over by Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft (center), commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area and Defense Forces West, held at Coast Guard Base Seattle, June 28, 2013. Taylor was recognized during the ceremony for his efforts in strengthening partnerships with local, state, federal and international organizations during his two years in command. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Tyson)  Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/image/963300/13th-district-change-command-ceremony#.Uc4izz771ws#ixzz2XYh2NM1c


Rear Adm. Richard T. Gromlich (left) and Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor (right) shake hands after Gromlich relieved Taylor of command of the 13th Coast Guard District during a formal ceremony presided over by Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft (center), commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area and Defense Forces West, held at Coast Guard Base Seattle, June 28, 2013.

Taylor was recognized during the ceremony for his efforts in strengthening partnerships with local, state, federal and international organizations during his two years in command.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Tyson.

Rear Adm. Richard T. Gromlich addresses guests after assuming command of the 13th Coast Guard District during a change-of-command ceremony held at Coast Guard Base Seattle, June 28, 2013. Gromlich spoke about the unique challenges faced by the district, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, and his excitement in assuming command. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Tyson)


Rear Adm. Richard T. Gromlich addresses guests after assuming command of the 13th Coast Guard District during a change-of-command ceremony held at Coast Guard Base Seattle, June 28, 2013.

Gromlich spoke about the unique challenges faced by the district, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, and his excitement in assuming command.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Tyson.

SEATTLE ─ Rear Adm. Richard T. Gromlich relieved Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor as commander of the 13th Coast Guard District during a change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Seattle, today.

Taylor retired from the Coast Guard after dedicating 34 years to service and country. 

“I am absolutely thrilled to be here,” said Gromlich. “I’m thoroughly impressed with the work done by the men and the women of the 13th Coast Guard District. This is truly a unique AOR (area of responsibility). We've got to ensure that we are ready to meet those challenges each and every day and I commit to you to do everything I can to ensure you have what you need to continue to get the job done. I am truly honored and humbled to be given this incredible opportunity. I’m really looking forward to getting out into the field and seeing personally the great things that you do.”

Prior to reporting to the 13th District, Gromlich served as the Coast Guard’s first director of operational logistics, overseeing 13 bases and one base detachment responsible for delivering effective and integrated support services. Gromlich has also completed tours of duty at Air Station San Diego, Air Station North Bend, Wash., Air Station Savannah, Ga., and Air Station Cape Cod, Mass. With more than 3,600 flight hours, Gromlich has attained qualifications as an aircraft commander and instructor pilot in the HH-65 Dolphin and as an aircraft commander in the HH-60 Jayhawk. 

Taylor assumed responsibilities as commander of the 13th Coast Guard District in July 2011. As commander, he was responsible for Coast Guard operations covering four states, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana; 4,400 miles of coastline, 600 miles of inland waterways, and a 125-mile international boarder with Canada. During Taylor’s tenure, the 13th District has conducted 3,284 search and rescue cases, saved 401 lives, assisted 6,350 lives, responded to 6,000 oil spills/chemical releases, and saved $21.75 million in property.  

“It’s great to have had the opportunity to lead the young men and women who serve our country so well in the 13th Coast Guard District,” said Taylor. “The respect I have for the communities here in the Pacific Northwest, for all of our partners, and the Coast Guard men and women, is incredible. We have an incredibly rich history out here. We’re a maritime nation and never is it more relevant than right here in the Pacific Northwest."

As a native to Westfield, Mass., Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Administration from Krannert School at Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a Sloan Fellow.  

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition that signifies the transfer of responsibility and formally restates the officer’s continuity and authority of command. Deeply rooted in the Coast Guard’s history, this formal custom is unique to the armed forces and publicly emphasizes the distinct nature of command in the Coast Guard. Most importantly, it signals a new beginning and a new opportunity for even greater achievement.

For more information contact Coast Guard Public Affairs at 206-220-7237.

Coast Guardsmen, from the Coast Guard Base Seattle Color Guard, prepare to present colors during the 13th Coast Guard District change-of-command ceremony at Base Seattle, June 28, 2013. The military change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition, signifying the transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener) Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area and Defense Forces West, addresses the audience at the 13th Coast Guard District change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Seattle, June 28, 2013. Zukunft presided over the ceremony, transferring the authority of command to Rear Adm. Richard T. Gromlich. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener)


Coast Guardsmen, from the Coast Guard Base Seattle Color Guard, prepare to present colors during the 13th Coast Guard District change-of-command ceremony at Base Seattle, June 28, 2013.

The military change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition, signifying the transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener.

Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area and Defense Forces West, addresses the audience at the 13th Coast Guard District change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Seattle, June 28, 2013.

Zukunft presided over the ceremony, transferring the authority of command to Rear Adm. Richard T. Gromlich.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener.








Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr. (right), commandant of the Coast Guard, presents retired Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor with his certificate of retirement during a ceremony held at Coast Guard Base Seattle, June 28, 2013. Taylor, a Coast Guard aviator and aeronautical engineering officer, served for more than 30 years in numerous command, operational and staff assignments, ending his career as the commander of the 13th Coast Guard District from 2011-2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Tyson) Retired Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor delivers remarks, after a retirement ceremony celebrating his more than 30 years of service to the nation, at Coast Guard Base Seattle, June 28, 2013. Taylor's career included assignments in Alaska, Michigan, Florida, Washington, D.C., and most recently, as commander of the 13th Coast Guard District, in Seattle. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener)


Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr. (right), commandant of the Coast Guard, presents retired Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor with his certificate of retirement during a ceremony held at Coast Guard Base Seattle, June 28, 2013.

Taylor, a Coast Guard aviator and aeronautical engineering officer, served for more than 30 years in numerous command, operational and staff assignments, ending his career as the commander of the 13th Coast Guard District from 2011-2013.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Tyson.

Retired Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor delivers remarks, after a retirement ceremony celebrating his more than 30 years of service to the nation, at Coast Guard Base Seattle, June 28, 2013.

Taylor's career included assignments in Alaska, Michigan, Florida, Washington, D.C., and most recently, as commander of the 13th Coast Guard District, in Seattle.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener.

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