Coast Guard District 17 Prevention Chief retires

The chief of the U.S. Coast Guard’s District 17 prevention division has retired from the Coast Guard after 25 years of service.


Capt. Adam J. Shaw was feted at a retirement ceremony Thursday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, said District 17 spokesman Petty Officer Grant DeVuyst.

Originally from San Jose, Calif., Shaw has served eight years in Alaska, six in Juneau. The prevention division is responsible for boating safety and conducts vessel inspections on recreational, commercial and cruise ships throughout the state. Since it is based in Juneau, the office also works alongside the state’s Office of Boating Safety since their missions go hand-in-hand, DeVuyst said.

In Alaska, Shaw has also served aboard the Coast Guard cutter Yocona in Kodiak and at the 17th District Operations Center coordinating search and rescue, law enforcement and marine safety missions.

Elsewhere, he was the Executive Officer of the cutters Iris and Cowslip, homeported in Astoria, Ore. He was the Commanding Officer of the cutters Red Oak and Red Wood, homeported in Philadelphia, Penn., and the cutters Buttonwood and Aspen in San Francisco.

Shaw has also served in the Netherlands as the supervisor of a team of port security officers, assessing anti-terrorism measures of ports in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The incoming chief of prevention will be Commander Matt Jones, who is currently the deputy commander of Sector Juneau. In the interim, Deputy Prevention Chief, Commander Patrick Ropp, will serve as the acting prevention chief.

District 17 encompasses all of Alaska.

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