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Press Release | July 26, 2023

Coast Guard relieves commander due to loss of confidence

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard permanently relieved Capt. Matthew Baer of command, Tuesday, July 25, 2023, due to a loss of confidence in his judgment and ability to fulfill his assigned duties.

Baer was temporarily relieved as the commander of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina on June 20, 2023, pending the results of an administrative investigation.

Capt. Tim List has assumed the duties as Sector North Carolina commander.

List is responsible for leading a team of over 1,300 active, Reserve, and Auxiliary Coast Guard women and men operating eight boat stations, three aids to navigation teams, two marine safety detachments, two sector field offices, and one cutter in an area of responsibility which spans 3,375 nautical miles of inland, river, and coastal waterways, two military and economic strategic ports, and three interstate lakes.

Baer has been temporarily reassigned to the 5th Coast Guard District headquarters.

Editor's note: Media interested in more information may contact the 5th Coast Guard District public affairs officer at 1-757-295-8535 or