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Press Release | May 14, 2024

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: US Coast Guard Atlantic Area to hold change-of-command ceremony  

Editor's note: News media interested in attending the ceremony are requested to RSVP with Coast Guard Atlantic Area External Affairs by emailing a list of member’s names to by 4 p.m., Wednesday. Credentialed media are asked to bring a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance to access the base. It is recommended to arrive at the gate no later than 10:15 a.m., Thursday, to attend the event. 

YORKTOWN, Va.— U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area is scheduled to hold a change-of-command ceremony, Thursday, at 11 a.m. on the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center base in Yorktown. 

During the ceremony, Vice Adm. Nathan Moore will relieve Vice Adm. Kevin Lunday as commander at U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area. U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Linda Fagan will preside over the ceremony.  

Who: Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Linda Fagan, Vice Adm. Kevin Lunday, Vice Adm. Nathan Moore 

What:  Coast Guard Atlantic Area to hold change-of-command ceremony 

When: Thursday, May 16, 2024, at 11 a.m. 

Where: U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, 1 U.S. Coast Guard Training Center, Yorktown, VA 23609 

U.S. Coast Guard's Atlantic Area command oversees all domestic Coast Guard operations east of the Rocky Mountains, including the Arctic, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and out-of-hemisphere operations in Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia. Atlantic Area encompasses five regional district commands who run day-to-day operations within their areas of responsibility. Atlantic Area is responsible for coordinating and deploying cutters, aircraft, pollution response equipment, and thousands of personnel between districts when significant events occur. After major disasters, the area team assists districts by ensuring resources, equipment, and personnel surge to impacted areas for rescue and recovery efforts while also providing for other Coast Guard operations throughout the region.  

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored military tradition that marks a transfer of total responsibility and authority from one individual to another. The ceremony is conducted in order to formally demonstrate the continuity of authority within a U.S. military command.