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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Coast Guard district gets new commander Tuesday

Advertiser Staff

Rear Adm. Stephen E. Mehling will relieve Rear Adm. Manson K. Brown during a change-of-command ceremony at Base Support Unit Honolulu on Sand Island Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Vice Adm. Jody Breckenridge, the Coast Guard's Pacific Area commander, will preside at the ceremony. Gov. Linda Lingle and other local dignitaries are also expected to attend.

Brown has served as the district commander since May 2008 and is leaving to assume the duties as commander of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area on May 17.

Mehling has served as the chief of staff for the 14th Coast Guard District since August 2008.

Prior to this assignment, Mehling served as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Miami, Fla., where he directed fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft operations throughout the Southeast U. S. and the Caribbean, including oversight of the Coast Guard's support detachment in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.