July 20, 2023
Ninth Coast Guard District
Contact: Lt. j.g. Andrew Burzinski
ST. IGNACE, Mich. ⎯ Members of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay
(WTGB 104) held a change of command ceremony at Station St. Ignace, 11 a.m.
Lt. Sam Pollard relieved Lt. Cmdr. Alexander Stewart as Commanding Officer of
Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay. Rear Adm. Jonathan P. Hickey, Commander,
Ninth Coast Guard District, presided over the ceremony. Lt. Pollard reports to the
Biscayne Bay from Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay (WTGB 103) located in
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Lt. Pollard will assume command of a crew of 17 active
duty personnel conducting Ice Breaking Operations throughout the Great Lakes.
Following the change of command ceremony, Lt. Cmdr. Stewart will head to Joint
Interagency Task Force – South in Key West, Florida.
The change of command ceremony is a time-honored military tradition that
represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one
commanding officer to another.