Command of Coast Guard in Alaska changes hands

    Rear Admiral Matthew T. Bell, Junior

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Command of the 17th Coast Guard District changed hands during a ceremony in Juneau Friday morning.

    Rear Adm. Matthew T. Bell Jr. transferred command to Rear Adm. Nathan A. Moore.

    Moore was previously assigned as the Coast Guard assistant commandant for engineering and logistics. As the Coast Guard’s chief engineer, he was responsible for all naval, aeronautical, civil, and industrial engineering and logistics for the service’s 23,000 facilities, 230 ships, 1,800 boats, and 200 aircraft. He was responsible for executing an annual budget of $1 billion, and leading 5,000 personnel assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters.

    Bell originally took command of the 17th District in June 2018, and will retire after 36 years of service following the change of command.

    He heads for his home on Kodiak Saturday where he served two stints of duty during his 36 year Coast Guard career.

     

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