Coast Guard to create Sector Columbia River on Monday

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(ASTORIA, Ore.) — The Coast Guard will see the birth of Sector Columbia River when Sector Portland, Ore., combines with Group/Air Station Astoria, Ore., during a ceremony in Astoria, Monday.
The formation of Sector Columbia River is part of an initiative commonly referred to as “sectorization,” part of a nationwide effort to consolidate the many responsibilities, missions and jurisdictions within the Coast Guard. The move is also aimed at increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of Coast Guard personnel and assets.
“The merger of these two major Coast Guard commands is designed to help improve and streamline our operational command and control organization for our many missions allowing for better service to our customers throughout the entire Columbia River region and along the Oregon coast,” said Captain Douglas Kaup, prospective Sector Columbia River Commanding Officer.
Members of the public requiring Coast Guard assistance after the creation of Sector Columbia River can reach the sector command center at 503-861-6211. Media are invited to attend this event.
WHAT: Coast Guard Sector Columbia River commissioning ceremony
WHEN: Monday, Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria, Ore., 2185 SE 12th Pl Warrenton, Ore.
By Professional Mariner Staff