- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A new leader is taking over command of the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska.

Rear Adm. Daniel Abel will take over the duty from Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo.

Ostebo has been nominated for a promotion to vice admiral and is being considered for deputy commandant for mission support in Washington, D.C. He has commanded the Alaska district since 2011.

A change of command ceremony is scheduled for Thursday in Juneau.

Abel has been serving as commander of the Coast Guard’s first district, which includes eight states in the Northeast.

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