Hemp took over command in Grand Haven in 2008. He was recently promoted from lieutenant commander to commander, and is transferring to Washington, D.C., where he will serve as deputy director of the Coast Guard National Command Center.
Hemp was officially replaced in the change-of-command ceremony Friday morning at Escanaba Park by Lt. Cmdr. Sean Brady, who graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1996.
Brady most recently served as executive officer at the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit Chicago, and has also been branch chief and salvage engineering response team member at the Marine Safety Center in Washington, D.C.; a marine inspector at Activities New York at Staten Island; and engineer of the watch aboard U.S. Coast Guard cutter Spencer, based in Boston, Mass.
A subordinate unit of Milwaukee-based USCG Sector Lake Michigan, Sector Field Office Grand Haven’s primary responsibilities are logistics, prevention and response to the nine small boat stations along the east side of Lake Michigan in Charlevoix, Frankfort, Manistee, Ludington, Muskegon, Grand Haven, Holland, St. Joseph and Michigan City, Ind.
Hemp is leaving along with his wife, Joanna; and their two sons, Josiah and Thomas.
“We’re going to miss Grand Haven a lot — its been a fantastic community,” Hemp said. “But we’ll move on to a new adventure in Washington, D.C.”
During his time in Grand Haven, aside from his Coast Guard work, Hemp said he enjoyed the natural resources and recreation — including climbing dunes and cross country skiing in the winter.
“We love the snow,” he added.
While not making any promises, Hemp said he would love to return to Grand Haven in the future when he has available time.
Brady said he looks forward to continuing “the great work” Hemp has done here “and honoring our professionalism with the exceptional crew at Sector Field Office Grand Haven.”
Brady is a native of Wading River, N.Y. He and his wife, Kathryn, have twin sons: Benjamin and Brendan.
“Grand Haven has been so welcoming and Cmdr. Hemp has prepared the unit so well,” Brady said. “Everything went really well today. The effort that went into preparing the ceremony was really outstanding.”
While he is new to SFO Grand Haven, Brady is no stranger to Michigan.
“My wife is from Michigan and we have a lot of family around here,” he said. “We’ve been out here before for Coast Guard Festival and it’s an outstanding time.
We’re really looking forward to working with the community and all our partners out there.”