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Coast Guard District 14 holds a change of command ceremony

The 14th Coast Guard District held a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, bidding farewell to Rear Adm. Matthew Sibley and welcoming Rear Admiral. Michael Day, on Friday.

The ceremony was presided over by Vice Admiral Michael McAllister, commander of the US Coast Guard Pacific Area.

“It has been an honor to serve alongside the women and men of our service these past few years,” said Rear Adm. Sibley. “Through our interagency partnerships and that of the State of Hawaii, we found a way to continue frontline operations that support maritime governance and a free and open Indo-Pacific, all while facing a once-in-a-century pandemic.”

Day, a native of Brockton, Massachusetts, comes to the 14th Coast Guard District after serving as a military adviser to the Secretary of Homeland Security, where he provided advice to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on policies, plans and other matters between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.

A 1991 graduate of the Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Day’s previous duty stations include serving in the Strategy and Policy Directorate (J5) for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, commanding officer of the Pacific Strike Team and Commander of Coast Sector of Guardia New York.

On September 11, 2001, while serving as the Chief of Supervision of Waterways in the Port of New York and New Jersey, Day was immediately appointed as the Coast Guard’s on-site commander for the evacuation of lower Manhattan, coordinating the evacuation of more than 500,000 people. aboard more than 100 civilian vessels, resulting in the largest maritime evacuation in history.

The education of the day includes master’s degrees in Homeland Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Warfare and Public Administration at Bridgewater State University. He also completed a one-year fellowship at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government as a National Security Fellow and participated in a year-long industry training program with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

“I look forward to reinvigorating our partnerships with like-minded Pacific Island countries and territories throughout Oceania,” said Rear Adm. Day. “The Coast Guard will continue to exercise our unique authorities through a persistent presence and cooperation in this region to enhance maritime security.”

Sibley, a native of West Islip, New York, continues his Coast Guard career as deputy commander of the US Coast Guard Pacific Area in Alameda, California.

Sibley served as commander of the 14th Coast Guard District since June 2020. During that time, he was responsible for directing Coast Guard operations throughout Oceania, including Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and activities in Singapore and Japan.

Prior to assuming command of the 14th Coast Guard District, Sibley’s career included nearly 10 years of service afloat, with tours of command aboard Coast Guard Cutters Forward, Thatcher and Point Monroe. Sibley also served aboard the Coast Guard cutters Gallatin, Morgenthau and Spencer and is a permanent cutter.

He also served ashore as a command center controller in the Eighth Coast Guard District, senior duty officer in the White House Situation Room, assignment officer in the Coast Guard Personnel Command, member of the Coast Guard at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), military assistant to the Secretary of Homeland Security, commander of the Lake Michigan Coast Guard Sector, deputy director of Reserve and Military Personnel (CG-13D), executive assistant to the Deputy Commander of Human Resources (CG-1A) and Deputy Commander, Coast Guard Personnel Service Center at Coast Guard Headquarters.

Sibley’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from the United States Coast Guard Academy and a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University.

District 14 covers more than 12.2 million square miles of land and sea, with units on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, the Big Island, and in American Samoa, Saipan, Guam, Singapore, and Japan. They maintain vital relationships with strategic partners throughout the Pacific. The district commander oversees operational units ashore and afloat throughout the Pacific, which regularly conduct maritime security, natural resource protection, maritime security, national security, and national defense missions.

Read more at the US Coast Guard.

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