HOUSTON — During a change-of-command ceremony in Clear Lake on June 14, Capt. Brian Penoyer relieved Capt. James Whitehead as commander over Coast Guard units in the Houston-Galveston area and Captain of the Port in those areas.
Whitehead is retiring from the Coast Guard after 26 years of service.
??As the commanding officer of Sector Houston-Galveston, Penoyer will oversee multi-mission operations from maritime homeland security to maritime environmental response.??
Prior to assuming command of Sector Houston-Galveston, Penoyer was a U.S. Coast Guard fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. A specialist in coastal operations and a designated Coast Guard marine safety professional, he was also assigned as acting chief of congressional and governmental affairs, where he was responsible for all Coast Guard engagement with Congress, and with state, tribal, and local elected officials.