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Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville to hold change-of-command

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville to hold change-of-command
Archive image: An MH-65 Dolphin aircrew from Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON), Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, land at Camp Blanding in Starke, Florida.
The HITRON crew members conducts gunnery exercises to practice warning shots and disabling fire from helicopter.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Dickinson.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Capt. Janet D. Espino-Young is scheduled to relieve Capt. Mark R. Vlaun, as the Sector Commander of Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, Thursday, during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Station Mayport.

Commander of Coast Guard 7th District Rear Adm. Brendan C. McPherson​ will preside over the ceremony.

Espino-Young reports to Sector Jacksonville from Coast Guard District Seven, where she served as the prevention division chief until 2022.

Capt. Vlaun will retire after 28-years of service.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville was established on Aug. 16, 2005, from the reorganization and consolidation of Group Mayport and Base Mayport. Sector Jacksonville’s area of responsibility encompasses 40,000 square miles of ocean and inland waterways. Within the sector’s AOR are 190 miles of coastline stretching from King’s Bay, Georgia, to Port Malabar, Florida. Along this coastline are 10 inlets, which provide safe passage to inland waterways. Inland waters within the AOR include 248 miles of the Intracoastal waterway, 161 miles of the St. John’s River, and numerous rivers, creeks, and marshes. Also located within the AOR are five Department of Defense installations, the U.S. Eastern Space and Missile Center, the Naval Ordnance Test Unit, Kennedy Space Center and three major ports including Fernandina, Jacksonville, and Port Canaveral.

Sector Jacksonville is responsible for all Coast Guard mission programs in the Jacksonville Captain of the Port Zone to include maritime law enforcement, maritime response, maritime prevention, marine transportation systems management, maritime security operations, and defense operations.

Sector Jacksonville, along with Customs and Border Protection (CBP), is located in a state-of-the-art facility near the St. Johns River. The unit provides a unified command and control for accomplishing strategically guided, goal focused, and high performance service delivery across the full range of Coast Guard missions.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition. It represents a total transfer of responsibility, authority, and accountability from one individual to another. The event ensures the continuity of leadership and operations within a sector’s area of responsibility.

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