Story by PO2 Amanda Wyrick on 06/24/2019HONOLULU Capt. Jason Lehto relieved Capt. Andrew Grenier as the Coast Guard Reserve Unit Indo-Pacific Command commanding officer during a change of command ceremony at Base Honolulu, Monday.
Capt. Tony Hahn, chief of staff, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area, presided over the ceremony.
Most recently, Lehto served as the reserve chief of staff for the Fourteenth Coast Guard District. Previously, he served as as the senior reserve officer of Sector New Orleans, and executive officer at Coast Guard Reserve Unit PACOM at Camp Smith, Hawaii.
Lehto also served as the senior reserve officer for Group/Air Station Port Angeles, Washington.
As a junior officer, he was a member of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District's Incident Management Assist Team. Prior to joining the Reserve force, Lehto was the marine environmental protection branch chief at Marine Safety Office Puget Sound.
In addition, Lehto serves the country as a civilian program manager for the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where he leads damage assessments and restoration activities throughout the Northwest and Alaska.
Lehto holds a Master of Science degree from Western Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina.
Grenier served as the commanding officer for the Coast Guard Pacific Command Reserve Unit since September 2016, and will be retiring with almost 30 years of military service.
Previously he served as the Coast Guard advisor to Coastal River Group One (CRG-1), Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, in San Diego, and at eight other units, including tours aboard the USCGC Resolute (WMEC-620), Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific and Coast Guard Headquarters, MSO/Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach, Coast Guard 11th District and Coast Guard Reserve Unit U.S. Transportation Command Scott Air Force Base. In addition Grenier served as the Situation Unit Leader in New Orleans during Deepwater Horizon in 2010 and oversaw the CRG-1 deployment to South Korea for force protection alongside Port Security Unit 309 in 2015.
He graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1990, with a Bachelor of Science degree in naval architecture and marine engineering. He also holds a Master of Science degree in fire protection engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a licensed fire protection engineer and in his civilian career manages the design and engineering department of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
Coast Guard Reserve Unit Indo-Pacific Command supports the Coast Guard piece of U.S. Pacific Command's missions taking them to all corners of the Pacific and supports approximately 380,000 U.S. military and civilian personnel assigned to the USPACOM area of responsibility dedicated to protecting our mutual security interests.
The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition and formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of a command to confirm to the men and women of the unit that the authority of command is maintained. The ceremony is a transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.