7/26/2017: Rear Adm. Paul Thomas passes helm to new assistant commandant for prevention policy, Rear Adm. John Nadeau

From the desk of Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy

This week marks my last as assistant commandant for prevention policy. I assume command of the Coast Guard’s Eighth District in mid-August. It has been a distinct privilege to lead and represent the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard who are dedicated to ensure our national security and economic prosperity by ensuring the safety, security and environmental soundness of our Marine Transportation System globally. It has been an equal privilege to work with interagency, industry and NGO stakeholders from around the world. Thank you for your professional and productive relationship with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Thank you also for your support of Maritime Commons and frequent feedback. We are pleased to provide what you have told us is an easy and useful tool to facilitate communications. Stay tuned for some exciting enhancements to come.

I am pleased to introduce Rear Adm. John Nadeau as the new assistant commandant for prevention policy effective today. His most recent assignment was as assistant commandant for capability, where he was responsible for identifying and sourcing new and extended capabilities, competencies, and capacity to meet mission requirements. Prior to that, he served as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center where he led the review and approval of plans for the design, construction, alteration, and repair of U.S. and foreign flag commercial vessels subject to U.S. laws, regulations, and international standards. Rear Adm. Nadeau’s other assignments cover the full spectrum of marine safety and inspections and span the bulk of his nearly three decades long career: chief of inspections, senior investigating officer, MSU commanding officer, captain of the port and federal on scene coordinator, Officer In Charge, Marine Inspection, and chief of the Office of Design and Engineering Standards.

There is no question you are good hands with Rear Adm. Nadeau. He is excited to return to the marine safety field and to actively engage with the maritime industry, Congress, and our domestic and international partners to ensure the global maritime sector remains strong, safe, and viable.

Again, thank you for your support. I look forward to continuing our work.

Fair winds and following seas,

RADM Paul Thomas

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