JUNEAU, Alaska — The U.S. Coast Guard sector in Juneau has a new leader.

Capt. Phillip Thorne took command of the sector Friday after Capt. Shannan Greene relinquished her position, the Juneau Empire reported (http://bit.ly/2tDa5HI). Thorne has served in Alaska for 10 years and has been the Seventeenth District Chief of Response since 2016. He has overseen operations such as search and rescue, ports and waterways security missions and also had a hand in intelligence support across the state.

Thorne has also served in Guam, San Diego, New Hampshire, Maine, Kodiak and Ketchikan.

“This assignment is a great honor to me as my family and I have long considered Southeast Alaska home,” he said to a packed Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall where the change of command ceremony was held. “In the 10 years I’ve served here, what is most vivid to me is the direct and significant positive role the Coast Guard plays in supporting the region’s citizens every day.”

Under Greene’s direction, the sector was involved with over 300 search-and-rescue missions that saved 122 lives and $10 million in property, according to Rear Adm. Michael McAllister. The sector has also been a big part in containing major environmental scares over the years.

Greene credits the sector’s success to its focus on keeping morale high.

“Life here is beautiful, but by no means is it easy to be stationed here, oftentimes so far from family support,” Greene said. “It can be physically, mentally and financially draining for many people. At Sector Juneau, we always put family and support of one another as a top priority.”

The southeast Alaska sector will be in good hands, McAllister said.


Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com