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Press Release | June 6, 2023

Media Availability: 17th Coast Guard District to conduct change-of-command ceremony

WHORear Adm. Nathan Moore, Rear Adm. Megan Dean

WHAT: 17th Coast Guard District change-of-command ceremony

WHERE: Alaska Army National Guard Army Aviation Operating Facility, 8425 Livingston Way, Juneau, AK 99801

WHEN: Friday, June 9, 11 a.m.

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard’s 17th District is scheduled to conduct a change-of-command ceremony Friday at the Alaska Army National Guard Army Aviation Operating Facility, in Juneau.

Members of the media who would like to attend need to RSVP by contacting the Coast Guard public affairs office in Juneau at (907) 463-2065.

During the ceremony Rear Adm. Nathan Moore will transfer command of the Coast Guard’s 17th District to Rear Adm. Megan Dean.

As the 17th District commander, Dean, will be responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout Alaska, the North Pacific and the Arctic which includes protecting life and property, enforcing federal laws and treaties, preserving living marine resources, and promoting national security. Headquartered in Juneau, the 17th District encompasses 3.8 million square miles and over 44,000 miles of shoreline. During an average year the 2,500 active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary personnel of the 17th District save 264 lives assists 636 people.

Dean was previously assigned as the Coast Guard director of governmental and public affairs. She was responsible for responsible for external engagement with Congress, the media, and other inter-governmental entities.

Moore, who originally took command of the 17th District in April 2021, is transferring to Portsmouth, VA., where he will serve as the deputy commander for Coast Guard Atlantic Area.

The change-of-command will also be live streamed on the U.S. Coast Guard Alaska Facebook page.

The change-of-command ceremony marks a transfer of total responsibility and authority from one individual to another. It is a time-honored tradition conducted before the assembled crew, as well as honored guests and dignitaries to formally demonstrate the continuity of the authority within a command.