AZBW NEWS SERVICE ó The 11th Coast Guard District has a new
Vice Adm. Harvey Johnson, commander of the Coast
Guardís Pacific Area, presided over a change of command ceremony on
March 31 at Coast Guard Island in Alameda during which Rear Adm.
Kevin J. Eldridge, who retired after 32 years of service, was
relieved by Rear Adm. Jody A. Breckenridge.
Eldridge has commanded the 11th District, which includes the
states of California, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada ó as well as
thousands of square miles of coastal and offshore Pacific waters ó
since it was re-established in July 2003.
During that time the Coast Guard said that the men and women of
the 11th District have responded to 9,366 search and rescue cases,
saving more than 1,800 lives; inspected 15,148 commercial vessels,
and are credited with two consecutive years of record-breaking drug
operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean with more than 485,320
pounds of cocaine seized.
Breckenridge reports from the Maintenance & Logistics Command
Pacific where she directed logistics and support business lines for
the Pacific Theater.
Breckenridge graduated from the Coast Guard Officer Candidate
School in 1976. She has a Bachelor of Science in biology from
Virginia Tech, a masterís degree in public policy from the
University of Maryland, and a Master of Science in national resource
strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
"Iím very familiar with the accomplishments of the 11th District
and with the challenges that lay ahead," Brackenridge said." Much of
the difficult work of re-establishing the district command, while
also serving as an operational commander, has been done by Rear Adm.
Eldridge and his team. I look forward to carrying on the important
work he has begun and wish him well as he completes a remarkable
Coast Guard career."
The 11th District was disestablished as a separate command and
its field operations merged with the Pacific Area command in 1996
during a service-wide reorganization.
It was re-established as a separate command in 2003 to better
manage the increased homeland security, law enforcement, search and
rescue, environmental protection and other missions within the