USCG Capt. Randal Ogrydziak retires after 38 years of service

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur received a new commander and captain of the port during a change-of-command ceremony Tuesday, June 20, at the MCM Eleganté Hotel in Beaumont.
Capt. Randal Ogrydziak has served as the commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur since July 14, 2014, and will be entering retirement after 38 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Capt. Jackie Twomey, a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, will be taking over command. She is reporting from the Coast Guard Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise in Paducah, Kentucky. Her previous assignments include Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur executive officer, Sector New Orleans Prevention Department head, and assistant senior investigating officer at Activities Europe. She also served at Marine Safety Office Hampton Roads, the Strategic Transformation Team, Coast Guard Headquarters and the Marine Safety Center.
The change of command is a time-honored tradition that formally transfers total responsibility, authority and accountability from the outgoing commanding officer to the incoming commanding officer. It is a formal ceremony conducted before the assembled unit members that reaffirms the continuity of command.

Courtesy photo - Outgoing captain of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Port Arthur Capt. Ogrydziak (left) handed over command of the unit Tuesday, June 20, to Capt. Jackie Twomey (right).