NEW ORLEANS — Rear Adm. Roy A. Nash relieved Rear Adm. Mary E. Landry as commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District in an official change-of-command ceremony on June 1.
Rear Adm. Landry assumed command of the Eighth District in June 2009, and will retire as both the Eighth District commander and as an active duty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. As district commander, Landry was in charge of more than 100 units with 4,045 active duty and reserve members and an area of responsibility covering all or part of 26 states.
Rear Adm. Nash joins the Eighth District from Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he was the special assistant to the deputy commandant for operations. He served as the deputy federal on-scene coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response. His first flag assignment was deputy director of the National Maritime Intelligence Center. Nash, a native of Clifton Park, N.Y., is a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition and deeply rooted in Coast Guard and Naval history. The event signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command.