Coast Guard Sector Juneau Change of Command

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Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies of Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, walks with his wife, Jennifer, daughter, Madeline, 8, and mother, Gloria Thorne, at the conclusion of his Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies of Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies of Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies of Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies of Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies of Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies of Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies of Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies of Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies of Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies of Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies of Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies of Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies of Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies of Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, left, shakes hands with incoming Commander Capt. Stephen White, right, as Rear Admiral Michael McAllister, Commander of the 17th Coast Guard Dirstrict, watches at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Capt. Stephen White, incoming Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, speaks at the Change of Command Ceremony at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies of Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Capt. Phillip Thorne, outgoing Commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, walks with his wife, Jennifer, at the conclusion of his Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies at the Alaska State Museum on Friday, May 4, 2018.

Description

The first day of Capt. Phillip R. Thorne’s U.S. Coast Guard career was captured in a photo in Connecticut newspaper “The New London Day.” 

It wasn’t a great start. During a 1987 swearing in ceremony at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, a photographer snapped a photo of Thorne. The teenager had fainted in the summer heat. “The New London Day” printed the photo under the headline “Tough Day.” 

Rear Admiral Michael F. McAllister joked about the photo at Thorne’s retirement ceremony Friday at the Alaska State Museum. Part of the changing of command — the passing of command from Thorne, the outgoing Juneau Sector commander, to incoming commander, Capt. Stephen White — Thorne was honored by about 150 guests, USCG dignitaries like McAllister among them. 

Thorne’s career went only in one direction since the swearing in ceremony: up. 

“Heard a number of times the next day in the passageways of Chase Hall, the cadet barracks, ‘He’s never going to make it,’” McAllister said. “But I am sure that there’s some sweet justice in the fact that you are here today and we are honoring you.” 

Read more online at juneauempire.com.

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