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Coast Guard Sector San Francisco to conduct change-of-command ceremony

WHO: Rear Adm. Brian K. Penoyer, the Coast Guard Eleventh District commander, Capt. Marie B. Byrd, outgoing Coast Guard Sector San Francisco commander, and Capt. Taylor Q. Lam, incoming Sector San Francisco commander

WHAT: Coast Guard Sector San Francisco change-of-command ceremony

WHERE: Coast Guard Sector San Francisco at 1 Yerba Buena Rd., San Francisco, CA, 94130

WHEN: Thursday, June 24, 10 a.m.

Editor’s note: Media interested in attending are asked to RSVP to by 8 a.m. Thursday. 

SAN FRANCISCO — Coast Guard Sector San Francisco personnel are scheduled to host a change-of-command ceremony Thursday on Yerba Buena Island.

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Brian K. Penoyer is scheduled to preside over the ceremony, where Capt. Taylor Q. Lam is scheduled to replace Capt. Marie B. Byrd as the Sector San Francisco commander and Captain of the Port of San Francisco. 

Lam recently completed an assignment as a national security fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In this senior service school program, he researched how the U.S. marine transportation system's resiliency could be improved given challenges associated with the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Byrd, who has served as the Sector San Francisco commander since 2019, is scheduled to retire after 26 years of service in the Coast Guard.

The Sector San Francisco commander's responsibilities include captain of the port, federal on-scene coordinator, officer-in-charge of marine inspections, federal maritime security coordinator and search-and-rescue mission coordinator. 

The area of responsibility spans from the California-Orgeon border to the San Luis Obispo County line, as well as much of Nevada, Utah, parts of Wyoming and includes more than 2,500 miles of shoreline within the San Francisco Bay and its tributaries.