Milwaukee Coast Guard unit holds change of command ceremony

Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan held a change of command ceremony July 13 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at which time Capt. Amy Cocanour was relieved of command by Capt. Thomas Stuhlreyer.

Rear Adm. June Ryan, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District, presided over the ceremony.

Cocanour, a native of Wisconsin, served as Commander of Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan since 2014, overseeing 23 Coast Guard units, more than 500 active duty members, 200 reservists and 1,200 Auxiliary personnel conducting search and rescue, law enforcement, marine safety and homeland security missions in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

Following the change of command ceremony, Cocanour retired from the Coast Guard after serving for 25 years.

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.

Maritime Editorial