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Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet Changes Command


July 19, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet is holding a formal Change of Command Ceremony at noon Thursday, July 21st, 2005. Commander Marc D. Stegman will be relieving Captain Paul E. Wiedenhoeft as Commanding Officer of the cutter during the ceremony.

During Captain Wiedenhoeft's two-year command, Acushnet completed eight deployments as far west as Providenya, Russia; patrolling the Maritime Boundary Line between Russia and the United States in the Bering Sea. The patrols revolved around the enforcement of vessel safety standards, domestic fisheries regulations, and international treaties. The past two years also included trips south to for a dry dock period in Bellingham, WA, and for training at Naval Station Everett, WA. While in homeport, the crew of Acushnet has been involved with a number community events and services, including the Partnership in Education Program at White Cliff Elementary School, Big Brothers Program, and the Ketchikan Running Club.

ACUSHNET's 29th Commanding Officer, Commander Marc D. Stegman, most recently served as Seventh Coast Guard District Chief of Aids to Navigation and Waterways Management Branch. Commander Stegman holds a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He has previously commanded a patrol boat on the Gulf of Mexico and a buoy tender out of Hawaii. His awards include six Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a Commandant's Letter of Commendation, and numerous service and unit awards. Commander Stegman is married to the former Dr. Adriana Condor of Bucharest, Romania. The Stegmans have two children, Dylan (4), and Sofia (1).

After being relieved, Captain Wiedenhoeft, along with his wife Kathleen, daughter Rebekah, and son Timothy will travel south to Los Angeles, California, where he will serve as Deputy Sector Commander and Alternate Captain of the Port for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA.

The U.S. Navy originally commissioned the Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet in 1944 as the USS Shackle. In 1946, the Shackle was commissioned into the Coast Guard as the Acushnet with the hull numbers 167. Acushnet, which cruises over 20,000 miles on over 185 underway days a year, is the second oldest cutter in the Coast Guard and will celebrate 62 years of service on February 5, 2006.


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United States Coast Guard


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