Editor's Note: Media interested in attending are requested to RSVP with Public Affairs Detachment Texas at (832) 293-1293 or PADETHouston@gmail.com by 5 p.m. Thursday.
HOUSTON — Media are invited to attend Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston's change-of-command ceremony in La Porte, Texas, Friday.
WHO: Capt. Keith Donohue is assuming the duties and responsibilities of the commander of Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston from Capt. Jason Smith.
WHAT: A change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition formally restating the continuity of the authority of command. It is a transfer of total responsibility and authority from one individual to another.
WHEN: Friday, June 9, at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Sylvan Beach Pavillion, 1 Sylvan Beach Dr, La Porte, TX 77571
Sector Houston-Galveston employs 1,562 active duty, civilian, and reserve personnel across the sector, three marine safety units, five multi-mission small boat stations, two aids to navigation stations, and six cutters to ensure the safety and security of the area. Sector Houston Galveston's area of responsibility encompasses five of the 20 busiest ports, including the Ports of Houston (largest port in the nation with 268 million tons/year), Beaumont (fourth single largest), Lake Charles (12th), Texas City (15th), Port Arthur (17th), Freeport, and Galveston, as well as 247 miles of Gulf Intracoastal Waterways. Together these ports and waterways account for 25% of the total U.S. tonnage by ships and contribute over $1 trillion to nation’s economy. These ports include the nation’s top three largest refineries, the fourth busiest cruise ship port, 57% of the Nations’ strategic petroleum reserves, and a 56 square nautical mile National Marine Sanctuary.
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