VADM Jody A. Breckenridge takes command of USCG Pacific Area and Defense Force West
- Document Number: 2489FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECoast Guard Pacific Area holds Change of Command
Pacific Area Public Affairs
Date: July 8, 2009
Contact: PA3 Melissa Hauck (510) 437-3375
Coast Guard Pacific Area holds Change of Command
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- A former Commander of the 11th Coast Guard District here assumed command of the Coast Guard's Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Forces West during a change of command ceremony held at 10:30 a.m. today at the base pier.
Vice Adm. Jody A. Breckenridge, who spent the last two years as the Coast Guard's Director, Strategic Transformation Team, Washington , D.C. , replaced Vice Adm. David Pekoske, who is assuming the position of Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard.
During her tenure as commander, the Eleventh Coast Guard District stepped up its interagency collaboration leading to record drug seizures including the motor-vessel Gatun, the largest maritime interdiction in U.S. history, and the arrest of Francisco Javier Arellano Felix, head of the Arellano Felix Drug Cartel. Her prior flag assignment was as Commander Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific, with responsibility for all mission support in the Pacific Theater.
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Rear Admiral Jody A. Breckenridge
Director, Strategic Transformation Team
US Coast Guard
Download Rear Admiral Jody A. Breckenridge assumed duties as the Director, Strategic Transformation Team on July 16, 2007. She is responsible for aligning and synchronizing the efforts to transform and modernize the Coast Guard. Rear Admiral Breckenridge also assumed the duties of the Assistant Commandant for Human Resources on May 30, 2008. The Human Resources Directorate is made up of HR professionals, military and civilian, with one distinct mission: to meet the people needs of the Coast Guard while meeting the needs of Coast Guard people.
Prior to reporting to her current billet, RADM Breckenridge served as Commander of the Eleventh Coast Guard District in Alameda, CA overseeing Coast Guard operations in the SW and the Eastern Pacific. During her tenure, the Eleventh District stepped up its interagency collaboration leading to record drug seizures including the M/V GATUN, the largest maritime interdiction in US history, and the arrest of Francisco Javier Arellano Felix, head of the Arellano Felix Drug Cartel. Her prior flag assignment was as Commander, Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific with responsibility for all mission support in the Pacific Theater.
Rear Admiral Breckenridges other career assignments include Coast Guard Deputy Chief of Staff, Commanding Officer of the Recruiting Command, Personnel Command (Officer Personnel Assistant and Division Chief, Officer Assignments Chief), Executive Officer Integrated Support Command Seattle, Executive Officer Base Seattle, Chief, Officer Candidate School, Coast Guard Pay and Personnel Center, Group Seattle Operations Officer, Group/COTP Seattle Assistant Port Safety Officer, Headquarters Marine Environmental Protection Division and National Response Center. While serving at Headquarters, Rear Admiral Breckenridge also served as a White House Social Aide.
Rear Admiral Breckenridge was commissioned upon completion of Officer Candidate School in June, 1976. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Virginia Tech. She earned a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland in 1991 and a Masters of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1997. While attending the University of Maryland, she was elected to the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi and was presented an Excellence in Scholarship Award, graduating with honors.Rear Admiral Breckenridge's personal awards include three Legion of Merits, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Achievement Medal, and the Commandant's Letter of Commendation.