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PACAREA CommanderCommander
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Vice Admiral Linda L. Fagan
Deputy Commander Pacific AreaDeputy Commander
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Rear Admiral Nathan A. Moore
   

PACAREA Command Master ChiefCommand Master Chief Pacific Area 
CMC Mark A. Pearson

   
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Captain John A. Swanson
   
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"This is our home and we're here to protect it. That's why we're here" Did you know the U.S. Coast Guard has teams of specially trained service members who are #SemperParatus to combat potential maritime terrorism? With more than an estimated 13 million Americans expected to take a cruise this year the #USCG Maritime Security Response Team - West teams train and prepare to respond should there be threat at sea. See the below CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor segment to learn more about the capabilities of the #MSRT service members. #Knowyourmil
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Out with the old, in with the new! Workers exchange the 16' propeller screws on U.S. Coast Guard Cutter #PolarStar. There's not a slow day at the shipyard where #PolarStar is almost midway through its annual maintenance period. Workers and Polar Star crew members have been diligently working to get the Polar Star ready for the next U.S. Antarctic Program and the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s #OperationDeepFreeze mission to #Antarctica. Polar Star is one of the most powerful #icebreakers in the world and is critical for breaking through the potentially more than 12 miles of ice, as thick as 10' in spots, in order to cut a lane for ships to resupply NSF's #McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott Pole stations. Polar Star is our nation's only active heavy icebreaker. Constant maintenance of the cutter is essential for continued mission support of #ODF and enabling the U.S. to access polar regions.
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Thank you for joining us Friday for our live stream of the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area change-of-command ceremony and Vice Adm. Midegette&#39;s retirement ceremony presided over by Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Karl Schultz. Welcome to Pacific Area Vice Adm. Linda Fagan! Fagan now serves as the operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the waters off the East Coast of Africa. She concurrently serves as Commander, Defense Force West and provides Coast Guard mission support to the Department of Defense and Combatant Commanders. Fair winds and following seas Vice Adm. Fred Midgette (retired), we thank you for your 36 years of service to the Coast Guard and our nation! #USCG <a href="https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1f5fef1" target="_blank">https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1f5fef1</a>
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Join us at 11 a.m. to welcome our new PACAREA Commander, Vice Adm. Linda L. Fagan during a change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Alameda. Fagan is relieving Vice Adm. Fred M. Midgette, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, who served as the Pacific Area commander since August 2016. Midgette will also be retiring today after the change of command after serving the nation for more than 36 years. U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl L. Schultz, will preside over the ceremony. Pacific Area is the Coast Guard’s regional command element and force provider for maritime safety, security and stewardship in the Pacific. The command’s area of responsibility encompasses six continents, 71 countries and more than 74 million square miles of ocean. The change-of-command ceremony is a historic military tradition. The event, which has remained unchanged for centuries, includes a reading of the command orders in the presence of all unit crew members to ensure continuity of command.
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BZ to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Active crewmembers for their tireless work during their recent counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean! The crew #offloaded more than 5,200 pounds of #cocaine worth an estimated $78 million in San Diego this morning. The cocaine offloaded today was the result of two back-to-back interdictions by the crew while the cutter was operating in international waters. “The crew of Active should be proud of all they’ve accomplished to combat dangerous transnational criminal organizations that spread violence and instability throughout the Western Hemisphere,” said Vice Adm. Fred Midgette, commander, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area. “Their ability to complete the mission on this aging platform is a testament their abilities as cuttermen and Devotion to Duty as Coast Guard women and men.”
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#ThrowbackThursday from December 19, 2016 when Chief James Waywell and his wife Melissia’s triplets were baptized by Commander Alfred Pena aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau using the cutter’s bell filled with water as a christening bowl. The triplet’s names were inscribed inside the bell following the baptism, creating a lasting symbolic connection between the cutter, the Waywell family and with all the families who’ve had their children baptized using the cutter’s bell in the past. Baptizing a child using the ship’s bell is a long-standing naval tradition with roots back to the British Royal Navy. The tradition was created for children born at sea or in foreign ports, and is still carried out aboard Coast Guard cutters and Navy ships today. Morgenthau’s bell was removed from the cutter following the cutter’s decommissioning in 2017 and sent to the historical society for safekeeping. The Waywell triplets will turn two this July and Chief Waywell hopes the bell will be preserved and put on display within a museum for his children to see someday.
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We&#39;d like to congratulate Rear Adm. Nathan Moore who was promoted from Captain to Rear #Admiral (lower half) during a ceremony on Base Alameda last Friday. Rear Adm. Moore now serves as the Deputy Commander, Pacific Area, where he is responsible for all U.S. Coast Guard missions within a geographic region that spans from the Rocky Mountains west to the waters off the Coast of Africa. Vice Adm. Fred Midgette, Commander, Pacific Area, presided over the ceremony and reaffirmed Rear Adm. Moore&#39;s oath of office following his promotion.
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Chief&#39;s stationed in Alameda, California, welcomed their newest member, Vice Adm. Fred Midgette, during a surprise anchor-pinning ceremony aboard the USCGC STRATTON WMSL 752. Vice Adm. Midgette was pinned as an #HonoraryChief in recognition for his dedication, commitment and contributions to the Chief&#39;s mess, Coast Guard men and women and their families.
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BZ to the great work being done in the #EastPAC by all our interagency partners pulling drugs off the water and saving lives. #Itswhatwedo U.S. Coast Guard U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Southwest U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team New Orleans - 91112
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Check out this story featuring the PACAREA commander highlighting some of the accomplishments and challenges of our U.S. Coast Guard.
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Yesterday the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star crew met with members of the media after the cutter was set in dry dock for annual maintenance in preparation for future Antarctic missions. The crew aboard the 40+ year-old heavy ice breaker recently returned from Antarctica where they supported Operation Deep Freeze 2018, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. The nation&#39;s only heavy ice breaker requires depot-level maintenance during the dry dock period in order to be mission ready by the end of 2018. <a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/category/spoken-word-kpixtv/3847027-u-s-coast-guard-cutter-polar-star-arrives-in-vallejo-for-repairs/" target="_blank">http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/category/spoken-word-kpixtv/3847027-u-s-coast-guard-cutter-polar-star-arrives-in-vallejo-for-repairs/</a>
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Semper “Paw-ratus!” We see what you did there...Good one, U.S. Coast Guard! &#128517;
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Regional cooperation and partnership are critical to continued security and safety in the Pacific. Last week, Vice Adm. Fred Midgette, PACAREA commander, visited representatives of the Vietnam Coast Guard as part of an already significant security cooperation relationship we have with the government of Vietnam. Under the Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales program, the United States recently transferred a U.S. Coast Guard cutter from PACAREA to the Vietnam Coast Guard, enhancing Vietnam&#39;s maritime security and domain awareness capabilities. PACAREA will continue to collaborate with the Vietnam Coast Guard to ensure effective maritime governance and stewardship throughout the region. U.S. Embassy in Hanoi U.S. Pacific Fleet U.S. Pacific Command
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Welcome home USCGC STRATTON WMSL 752 crew members! The crew sailed more than 15,000 miles on their recent 2-month #multimission patrol conducting counter-drug operations in the Eastern Pacific before serving as a search and rescue platform in the Bering Sea. The crew and a U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew conducted three separate medevacs, rescuing three people, while the cutter was deployed to the Bering Sea. "Shifting from the counter drug mission off South America to the search and rescue and fisheries law enforcement near Alaska shows the range and diversified capabilities of the National Security Cutter,” said Capt. Craig Wieschhorster, Stratton’s commanding officer. “The crew did an outstanding job stemming the flow of drugs into the United States and then saved three lives during search and rescue cases in the Bering Sea, transitioning seamlessly between U.S. Coast Guard missions." <a href="https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1e78adc" target="_blank">https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1e78adc</a>
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Thought the Coast Guard only operates locally? Check out these Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team members deployed aboard the USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) conducting interagency fisheries boardings in the Western Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy joint boarding teams are carrying out an Oceania Maritime Security Initiative mission. OMSI is a secretary of defense program leveraging Department of Defense assets transiting the region to increase the Coast Guard’s maritime domain awareness and ultimately supporting the Coast Guard&#39;s maritime law enforcement operations in the Oceania region. #TeamworkTuesday
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