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New Captain at Helm of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu

Capt. Michael Long relieved Capt. Shannon Gilreath as commander of Sector Honolulu during a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, Friday.

Rear Adm. Vincent Atkins, commander for the Coast Guard 14th District, presents an award to Capt. Shannon Gilreath during a Coast Guard Sector Honolulu change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, July 1, 2016. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition, which formally transfers responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle/Released)

Rear Adm. Vincent Atkins, commander for the Coast Guard 14th District, presents an award to Capt. Shannon Gilreath during a Coast Guard Sector Honolulu change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, July 1, 2016. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition, which formally transfers responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle/Released)

Long is a native of Florida and graduated from Florida State University with a master’s degree in public administration in addition to earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in environment resource management from the University of West Florida.

Capt. Michael Long (left) relieves Capt. Shannon Gilreath (right) as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu during a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, July 1, 2016. Rear Adm. Vincent Atkins, commander for the Coast Guard 14th District, presided over the ceremony. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition, which formally transfers responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle/Released)

Capt. Michael Long (left) relieves Capt. Shannon Gilreath (right) as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu during a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, July 1, 2016. Rear Adm. Vincent Atkins, commander for the Coast Guard 14th District, presided over the ceremony. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition, which formally transfers responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle/Released)

Long’s previous field assignments include serving as the deputy commander at Coast Guard Sector Miami, senior defense official and defense attaché at the U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, response department head and search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, port operations at Marine Safety Office New Orleans, and assistant operations officer for the Gulf Strike Team.

Long’s previous staff tours include executive assistant to the Coast Guard’s director of port security, assistant director of the Coast Guard’s International Port Security Program, and a duty officer at the National Response Center.

Gilreath will be the new office chief of the Coast Guard’s Maritime and International Law Program in Washington, D.C.

Capt. Shannon Gilreath and Capt. Michael Long conduct an inspection of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu crewmembers during a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, July 1, 2016. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition, which formally transfers responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle/Released)

Capt. Shannon Gilreath and Capt. Michael Long conduct an inspection of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu crewmembers during a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, July 1, 2016. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition, which formally transfers responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle/Released)

Prior to assuming command of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu, Capt. Gilreath was the deputy commander. His previous assignments include USCGC Northland (WMEC 904), Marine Safety Office New Orleans, Coast Guard 8th District legal office, commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge, and chief of the Prevention Law Group within the Office of Maritime and International Law at Coast Guard Headquarters. He also served as a senior military fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a non-partisan think tank based in Washington, D.C.

Rear Adm. Vincent Atkins, commander, Coast Guard 14th District, was the presiding official for the ceremony.

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