Ketchikan: New Coast Guard commander haled

Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2002

Ketchikan's Coast Guard base, in a dual ceremony full of pomp and circumstance, welcomed a new commander while saluting its retiring commander.

The base - officially the Integrated Support Command Ketchikan - was the site of Wednesday's change of command and retirement ceremony, highlighted by guest speaker Rear Adm. Thomas Gilmour.

The day marked the end of a career for Capt. Gary Steinfort, the base's commander since 1998. Steinfort was a 29-year veteran of the Coast Guard and a 1973 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Taking his place is Capt. Catherine McNally. This is a second tour of duty in Ketchikan for McNally, who returns to Alaska after most recently having served in New Orleans.

McNally was in Ketchikan from 1990 to 1993, when she served as deputy commander and executive officer. While in New Orleans, she served for three years as legal officer and staff judge advocate for the Eighth Coast Guard District.

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