DVIDS – News – U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Hosts Change of Command Ceremony

PORTSMOUTH, Va.— Vice Admiral. Kevin Lunay relieved Vice Admiral. Steven Poulin as Commander Coast Guard Atlantic Region during a change of command ceremony Tuesday at the Yorktown Coast Guard Training Center.

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz, presided over the ceremony.

Poulin will report for duty as Vice Commander of the Coast Guard. He served as Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Zone, Director of Joint Task Force East for the Department of Homeland Security, and Commander of Defense Force East from May 2020 to May 2022.

While directing complex security operations from the Rocky Mountains east to the Arabian Gulf, he led efforts to address significant national and international challenges. Its historic deployment of assets in the Arctic, South Atlantic, Africa, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Middle East has directly supported the maritime strategy of the three services and significantly enhanced cooperation with the force. spouse, allies and partners.

Prepositioning Coast Guard personnel and equipment during historic hurricane seasons has saved lives, mitigated environmental disasters, and led to the rapid restoration of the maritime transportation system, critical to all aspects of the U.S. economy. .

In addition, he supported national efforts to provide essential humanitarian assistance, including the delivery of 500,000 vaccines, following the tragic assassination of the Haitian President and the devastating earthquake.

As Director of JTF-East, he advanced joint operations and cross-component collaboration while leading modernization efforts, promoting interoperability between interagency partners, and championing innovative approaches to sharing. information. His efforts forged a lasting joint architecture and galvanized the Department’s energy towards a regional campaign plan for the Eastern Caribbean.

Vice Admiral Monday reports from U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC, where he served as Materiel Readiness Assistant. He provided oversight and direction for the management of Coast Guard engineering and logistics programs, procurement and contract security, and command, control, communications and technology. information (C4IT). The Mission Support Enterprise is responsible for staffing, training, equipping, and supporting the Coast Guard to ensure force readiness and the delivery of operational results.

Lunday previously served as Commander of the US Coast Guard’s Fourteenth District, responsible for operations throughout Oceania, including Hawai’i, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and operations in Singapore and Japan. He has also served as Commander of US Coast Guard Cyber ​​​​​​Command, Deputy Commander of C4IT, Director of Exercises and Training (J7) at US Cyber ​​​​​​Command, and various operational, intelligence and legal missions at within the Coast Guard and the joint community. including command afloat and ashore.

Monday is a distinguished graduate of the National War College with a Master of Science in National Security Strategy and a graduate of the Naval War College. He holds a Juris Doctor from George Washington University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from the US Coast Guard Academy.

U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command oversees all domestic service operations east of the Rocky Mountains, including operations in the Arctic, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and offshore. hemisphere in Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia. They oversee five regional district commands and direct day-to-day operations. The Atlantic Area is responsible for coordinating and deploying cutters, aircraft, pollution control equipment and thousands of personnel between districts when major events occur. After major disasters, the area team assists districts by ensuring that resources, equipment and personnel are deployed to affected areas for rescue and recovery efforts while also ensuring other disaster relief operations. the Coast Guard throughout the region.

A change of command is a military tradition representing a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commander or general officer to another. The passing of colors, standards, or ensigns from an outgoing commander to an incoming commander ensures that the unit and its members are never without formal leadership, a continuation of trust.

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Date taken: 24.05.2022
Date posted: 25.05.2022 11:44
Story ID: 421498
Location: PORTSMOUTH, Virginia, USA





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