Honolulu Coast Guard getting new leadership
Rear Adm. Stephen E. Mehling will relieve Rear Adm. Manson K. Brown during a change-of-command ceremony for the 14th Coast Guard District at Base Support Unit Honolulu today at 10 a.m.
Vice Adm. Jody Breckenridge, the Coast Guard's Pacific Area commander, will preside at the ceremony at the Sand Island base. 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.