USD School of Law Alumnus Andrew M. Sugimoto ’02 (JD) Named Commanding Officer of USCG Cutter Stratton

Alameda, Calif. (August 20, 2013) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumnus Andrew M. Sugimoto, ’02 (JD), will assume command of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Stratton in Alameda, Calif., on Thursday, August 22 at 10:30 a.m. in a Change of Command Ceremony.

The ceremony is a time-honored tradition that formally states to the officers and crew of the command the continuity of the authority vested in the commanding officer. This unique military ritual represents a total transfer of responsibility, authority, and accountability from one leader to the next.

Sugimoto reports to Stratton from Cleveland, where he served as chief, Incident Management Branch of the Ninth Coast Guard District. His area of responsibly spanned the five Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence Seaway and parts of the surrounding states, including 1,500 miles of international border.

Sugimoto graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1990, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Government, and from the University of San Diego's School of Law in 2002. Sugimoto has more than 10 years of sea time with seven tours afloat, three as commanding officer assignments. Sugimoto’s other assignments include serving as Staff Judge Advocate for the Ninth Coast Guard District, practicing operational law for the Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific Area as well as Command Duty Officer for the Eleventh Coast Guard District and the PACAREA Command Center.

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About the USCG Cutter Stratton

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, home ported in Alameda, Calif., is the Coast Guard’s third National Security Cutter, the latest of the Coast Guard’s Legend class, incorporated into the fleet to replace the more than 40-plus-year-old fleet of high endurance cutters. Stratton was delivered to the Coast Guard in September 2011 and commissioned into Coast Guard Service March 2012. Stratton and the other NSCs routinely conduct operations from South America to the Bering Sea in support of global security operations. The ship’s range, speed, and ability to operate in extreme weather conditions enable this platform to conduct counter-narcotics, homeland security, alien-migrant interdiction, living marine resource enforcement, search and rescue and other Coast Guard missions far from shore.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

USCG Cutter Stratton, courtesy of Marinelink.com

USCG Cutter Stratton, courtesy of Marinelink.com

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Patrick Riedling
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