Photos: Coast Guard District 17 Change of Command

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Bridget McAllister, right, and Nancy Bell walk into together before their husbands' Change of Command Ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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Rear Admiral Matthew T. Bell Jr., incoming Commander of the Coast Guard 17th District, gives his remarks as Vice Admiral Fred M. Midgette, Commander of Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Force West, center, Rear Admiral Michael F. McAllister, outgoing Commander of the Coast Guard 17th District, listen during a Change of Command Ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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Vice Admiral Fred M. Midgette, Commander of Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Force West, leaves the stage during a Change of Command Ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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Rear Admiral Michael F. McAllister, outgoing Commander of the Coast Guard 17th District, leaves the stage during a Change of Command Ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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Rear Admiral Matthew T. Bell Jr., incoming Commander of the Coast Guard 17th District, after a Change of Command Ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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Rear Admiral Michael F. McAllister, outgoing Commander of the Coast Guard 17th District, after a Change of Command Ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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The Color Guard prepares to make an entrance during a Change of Command Ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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Change of Command Ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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Vice Admiral Fred M. Midgette, Commander of Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Force West, left, Rear Admiral Michael F. McAllister, outgoing Commander of the Coast Guard 17th District, center, and Rear Admiral Matthew T. Bell Jr., incoming Commander of the Coast Guard 17th District, shake hands after a Change of Command Ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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Vice Admiral Fred M. Midgette, Commander of Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Force West, left, Rear Admiral Michael F. McAllister, outgoing Commander of the Coast Guard 17th District, center, and Rear Admiral Matthew T. Bell Jr., incoming Commander of the Coast Guard 17th District, salute the colors during a Change of Command Ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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Rear Admiral Michael F. McAllister, outgoing Commander of the Coast Guard 17th District, right, and Rear Admiral Matthew T. Bell Jr., incoming Commander of the Coast Guard 17th District, Troop the Line during a Change of Command Ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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Vice Admiral Fred M. Midgette, Commander of Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Force West, left, gives his opening remarks as Rear Admiral Michael F. McAllister, outgoing Commander of the Coast Guard 17th District, center, and Rear Admiral Matthew T. Bell Jr., incoming Commander of the Coast Guard 17th District, listen during a Change of Command Ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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Rear Admiral Michael F. McAllister, outgoing Commander of the Coast Guard 17th District, gives his remarks as Vice Admiral Fred M. Midgette, Commander of Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Force West,listens during a Change of Command Ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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Vice Admiral Fred M. Midgette, Commander of Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Force West, center, watches as Rear Admiral Michael F. McAllister, outgoing Commander of the Coast Guard 17th District, right, and Rear Admiral Matthew T. Bell Jr., incoming Commander of the Coast Guard 17th District, shake hands during a Change of Command Ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Description

There’s a new top official in charge of Coast Guard operations in Alaska.

Rear Admiral Michael F. McAllister passed command to Rear Admiral Matthew T. Bell, Jr., in a changing of command ceremony Wednesday afternoon at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall.

McAllister served as commander of the 17th District, which includes all of Alaska, from June 2016 until Tuesday. Bell, who most recently served a two-year stint at the USCG Personnel Service Center in Washington, D.C., assumes his new duties immediately.

Read more here: Meet the new head of Alaska's Coast Guard

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