2009-07-16 / Local & State

USCGC Sturgeon Change Of Command

John Eric (JJ) Mundale Jr. succeeded Lt. Natalia M. Hoy as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon in a ceremony held at Coast Guard Station Grand Isle, La., on July 2, 2009. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored naval tradition, which formally restates to the crew the continuity and authority of command. It involves the total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon is a multi-mission, coastal patrol boat based in Grand Isle. Sturgeon operates in the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River in performance of her missions, which include: search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, protection of living marine resources, marine environmental protection, and homeland security. Sturgeon has full galley services and berthing for 12 crewmembers. Sturgeon can support missions of up to five days in length and has a range of more than 600 nautical miles.

LTJG Mundale is a 2003 graduate of Southern Fulton High School in Warfordsburg. He graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in government. After graduation, he served a two-year tour as operations officer aboard USCGC Mobile Bay in Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. Mundale is the son of Jack Mundale and Marilyn Pontius of Needmore and is married to Celeste Sanders of New Albin, Iowa.

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