USCG Sector Lake Michigan commander to retire Tuesday

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, one of the Coast Guard's largest field commands, will have a new commander on Tuesday. Capt. Luann Barndt, who took command in June 2009 and is the first woman to hold the position, will transfer the duties and responsibilities of sector commander to Capt. Matthew Sibley. Following the 11 a.m. change-of-command ceremony, Barndt will retire after 27 years of Coast Guard service.
Tribune Staff
Jun 13, 2011


Sibley comes to Milwaukee from Washington, D.C., where he had served as military assistant to the secretary of Homeland Security.

Responsible for protecting 1,640 miles of coastline and hundreds of miles of inland rivers, Sector Lake Michigan’s Milwaukee base is responsible for 21 field units in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. In 2010, Sector Lake Michigan crews saved 128 lives during 1,173 search-and-rescue missions.

Barndt graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1984 and went on to serve at 12 different Coast Guard units. Her career is highlighted by positions as the chief of the Global Positioning System Information Center; surface operations officer of Coast Guard Group North Bend, Ore.; regimental officer in charge of military indoctrination at the Coast Guard’s only recruit training center in Cape May, N.J.; a member of the principal federal officer’s staff in response to Hurricane Katrina; deputy commander of Coast Guard Sector Guam; and the U.S. Coast Guard chair of the National Defense University.

Among numerous unit and service awards, Barndt has received the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.


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