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9th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: June 27, 2013

Ninth Coast Guard District

Contact: Ninth Coast Guard District External Affairs Office

Office: (216) 902-6020

Mobile: (216) 310-2608

PHOTOs: Coast Guard holds change-of-command, retirement ceremonies for commander of Great Lakes region

Rear Adm. Fred Midgette (right) shakes hands with Rear Adm. Michael Parks after relieving him of duty as commander of the Coast Guard 9th District, headquartered in Cleveland, during a change of command ceremony at the Cleveland Convention Center June 27, 2013. Vice Adm. Robert Parker (center), commander of the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, presided over the ceremony. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher M. Yaw)    Vice Adm. Robert Parker (left), commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area, and Rear Adm. Michael Parks thank his wife, Cynthia, his two children, Tiffany and Halle, for their support during Parks' retirement ceremony held at the Cleveland Convention Center, June 27, 2013. Parks retired after 35 years of service and was relieved by Rear Adm. Fred Midgette as the commander of the Coast Guard 9th District. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read)  Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/image/962405/coast-guard-9th-district-change-command-ceremony#.Ucy4ceBwY20#ixzz2XSPg6RfV

Rear Adm. Fred Midgette (right) shakes hands with Rear Adm. Michael Parks after relieving him of duty as commander of the Coast Guard 9th District, headquartered in Cleveland, during a change of command ceremony at the Cleveland Convention Center June 27, 2013.

Vice Adm. Robert Parker (center), commander of the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, presided over the ceremony.

U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher M. Yaw

Vice Adm. Robert Parker (left), commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area, and Rear Adm. Michael Parks thank Parks' wife, Cynthia, his two children, Tiffany and Halle, for their support during Parks' retirement ceremony held at the Cleveland Convention Center, June 27, 2013.

Parks retired after 35 years of service and was relieved by Rear Adm. Fred Midgette as the commander of the Coast Guard 9th District.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard held a change-of-command ceremony for its 9th District, which spans the five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and parts of the surrounding states, as well as a retirement ceremony for its departing commander at the Cleveland Convention Center Thursday afternoon.

Vice Adm. Robert Parker, Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander, presided over the ceremony to transfer command of the 9th District from Rear Adm. Michael Parks to Rear Adm. Fred Midgette.

Parks assumed command of the 9th District in April 2010. Following the change-of-command ceremony, Parks will retire after 35 years of Coast Guard service and plans to travel for the summer and spend time with his family.

Midgette reports to the 9th District from his position as the military advisor to the secretary of homeland security. He's returning to Cleveland, having previously served as 9th District chief of staff, or second in command of district operations, from May 2010 to May 2011.

Headquartered in Cleveland, 9th District units are responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and parts of the surrounding states including 6,700 miles of shoreline and 1,500 miles of shared international border with Canada. The 6,000 active-duty, Reserve, civilian and Auxiliary men and women deliver multi-mission services in search and rescue, maritime safety and security, environmental protection, maritime law enforcement, aids to navigation, and icebreaking.

Rear Adm. Michael Parks presents his wife with flowers and thanks her for her support during his retirement ceremony held at the Cleveland Convention Center, June 27, 2013. Parks retired after 35 years of service and was relieved by Rear Adm. Fred Midgette as the commander of the 9th Coast Guard District. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher M. Yaw)    Rear Adm. Michael Parks reminisces during his retirement ceremony held at the Cleveland Convention Center, June 27, 2013. Parks retired after 35 years of service and was relieved by Rear Adm. Fred Midgette as the commander of the Coast Guard 9th District. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher M. Yaw)    Vice Adm. Robert Parker (left), commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area, presents the Legion of Merit to Rear Adm. Michael Parks, his fourth, during a change of command ceremony held at the Cleveland Convention Center in downtown Cleveland, June 27, 2013. Parks retired after 35 years of service and was relieved by Rear Adm. Fred Midgette as the commander of the Coast Guard 9th District. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read)  Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/image/962403/coast-guard-9th-district-change-command-ceremony#.Ucy5LeBwY20#ixzz2XSQMyTPS

Rear Adm. Michael Parks presents his wife with flowers and thanks her for her support during his retirement ceremony held at the Cleveland Convention Center, June 27, 2013.

Parks retired after 35 years of service and was relieved by Rear Adm. Fred Midgette as the commander of the 9th Coast Guard District.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher M. Yaw

Rear Adm. Michael Parks reminisces during his retirement ceremony held at the Cleveland Convention Center, June 27, 2013.

Parks retired after 35 years of service and was relieved by Rear Adm. Fred Midgette as the commander of the Coast Guard 9th District.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher M. Yaw

Vice Adm. Robert Parker (left), commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area, presents the Legion of Merit to Rear Adm. Michael Parks, his fourth, during a change of command ceremony held at the Cleveland Convention Center in downtown Cleveland, June 27, 2013.

Parks retired after 35 years of service and was relieved by Rear Adm. Fred Midgette as the commander of the Coast Guard 9th District.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read

Members of the official party, Vice Adm. Robert Parker, commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area, Rear Adm. Michael Parks, commander of the Coast Guard 9th District, and Rear Adm. Fred Midgette salute during a change of command ceremony at the Cleveland Convention Center in downtown Cleveland June 27, 2013. During the ceremony, Midgette relieved Parks as commander of the Coast Guard 9th District. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read)  Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/image/962402/coast-guard-9th-district-change-command-ceremony#.Ucy82uBwY20#ixzz2XSUNcDWo Rear Adm. Fred Midgette shares remarks during a change of command ceremony at the Cleveland Convention Center in downtown Cleveland, June 27, 2013. Midgette relieved Rear Adm. Michael Parks as commander of the Coast Guard 9th District during the ceremony. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read)  Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/image/962404/coast-guard-9th-district-change-command-ceremony#.Ucy5-OBwY20#ixzz2XSRIWsY7 Rear Adm. Michael Parks holds a folded National Ensign that was presented to him by Lt. Cmdr. Matthew White, assistant chief of enforcement for the Coast Guard 9th District, during Parks' retirement ceremony held at the Cleveland Convention Center in downtown Cleveland, June 27, 2013. Parks retired after 35 years of service and was relieved by Rear Adm. Fred Midgette as the commander of the Coast Guard 9th District. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read)  Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/image/962407/coast-guard-9th-district-change-command-ceremony#.Ucy6yeBwY20#ixzz2XSSDgzOC

Members of the official party, Vice Adm. Robert Parker, commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area, Rear Adm. Michael Parks, commander of the Coast Guard 9th District, and Rear Adm. Fred Midgette salute during a change of command ceremony at the Cleveland Convention Center in downtown Cleveland June 27, 2013.

During the ceremony, Midgette relieved Parks as commander of the Coast Guard 9th District.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read

Rear Adm. Fred Midgette shares remarks during a change of command ceremony at the Cleveland Convention Center in downtown Cleveland, June 27, 2013.

Midgette relieved Rear Adm. Michael Parks as commander of the Coast Guard 9th District during the ceremony.

U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read

Rear Adm. Michael Parks holds a folded National Ensign that was presented to him by Lt. Cmdr. Matthew White, assistant chief of enforcement for the Coast Guard 9th District, during Parks' retirement ceremony held at the Cleveland Convention Center in downtown Cleveland, June 27, 2013.

Parks retired after 35 years of service and was relieved by Rear Adm. Fred Midgette as the commander of the Coast Guard 9th District.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read

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