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Press Release | May 23, 2024

Media Availability: Coast Guard Sector San Francisco to conduct change of command ceremony Coast Guard Sector San Francisco to conduct change-of-command ceremony

WHO: Rear Adm. Andrew M. Sugimoto, the Coast Guard Eleventh District commander, Capt. Taylor Q. Lam, outgoing Coast Guard Sector San Francisco commander, and Captain Jordan M. Baldueza, incoming Sector San Francisco commander

WHAT: Coast Guard Sector San Francisco change-of-command ceremony

WHERE: Coast Guard Sector San Francisco at 1 Yerba Buena Rd., San Francisco, CA, 94130

WHEN: Friday, May 24, 10 a.m.

Editor’s note: Media interested in attending are asked to RSVP to padetsf@uscg.mil by 10 a.m. Thursday. 

SAN FRANCISCO — Coast Guard Sector San Francisco personnel are scheduled to host a change-of-command ceremony Friday on Yerba Buena Island.

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Andrew M. Sugimoto is scheduled to preside over the ceremony, where Capt. Jordan M. Baldueza is scheduled to relieve Capt. Taylor Q. Lam as the Sector San Francisco commander and Captain of the Port of San Francisco. 

Capt. Lam will transition to his new position as the Coast Guard Eleventh District Chief of Staff. He assumed command of Sector San Francisco in June 2021. As the Sector San Francisco commander, he led nearly 600 active, reserve, and civilian Coast Guard men and women operating three cutters, seven small boat stations, an aids to navigation team, a vessel traffic service, and a marine safety detachment in addition to more than 1,000 Coast Guard Auxiliarists. He is a native of Riverside, California., and enlisted in 1996 through the college student pre-commissioning initiative (CSPI) and graduated from basic training in Cape May, N.J. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, he graduated from officer candidate school in 1998 at New London, Connecticut.

Capt. Baldueza will transition to his new position as Sector San Francisco commander and Captain of the Port of San Francisco.  He assumed deputy commander of Sector San Francisco in May 2021. As deputy, he assisted the commander, and his duties and responsibilities of Sector San Francisco included captain of the port, federal on-scene coordinator, officer in charge of marine inspection, federal maritime security coordinator, and search and rescue mission coordinator. A 1999 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, Baldueza received a Bachelor of Science degree in operations research and in 2008, earned his Master of Arts Degree in educational technology from San Diego State University in California. He also completed his joint professional military education through the U.S. Naval War College in 2017.

The Sector San Francisco commander's responsibilities include captain of the port, federal on-scene coordinator, officer-in-charge of marine inspections, federal maritime security coordinator and search-and-rescue mission coordinator. The area of responsibility spans from the California-Oregon border to the San Luis Obispo County line, as well as much of Nevada, Utah, parts of Wyoming and includes more than 2,500 miles of shoreline within the San Francisco Bay and its tributaries.

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