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Captain Kevin M. Carroll Receives VMA “Port Champion” Award as he passes torch to Captain Samson C.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Bird


During the virtual Change of Command & Retirement Ceremony, David White of the VMA awards Captain Carroll the title of "Port Champion"

PORTSMOUTH | The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Virginia held a Change of Command Ceremony on June 17, streaming it live through their facebook page, @USCGMidAtlantic. During this time-honored tradition, Captain Kevin M. Carroll passed on his responsibilities as sector commander to Captain Samson C. Stevens.

Captain Carroll with Captain Stevens

Captain Stevens previously took on the role of Deputy Commander, Sector Virginia in July of 2018 and has over 20 years of experience in a broad array of operational, intelligence, joint, and staff assignments. As Sector Commander, he leads 600 Coast Guardsmen on staff and among 14 sub units in conducting Coast Guard missions in Virginia waters and offshore, and his official authorities include Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal On Scene Coordinator, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator.

“Here in Sector Virginia, these people in every division, every crew are amazing,” thanked the new sector commander, Captain Samson C. Stevens,“and so are the government, state, and port partners. Never have I seen more harmony than in Virginia, from environment to commercial to military. Our port is truly an ecosystem of respect. Working in collaboration has been amazing.”

“You know how much a team environment this has been over the few years. To find someone who can do everything that needs to be done for a sector – it is not possible. It has to be a collaboration and understanding that is necessary for a leader,” said Captain Carroll.“I could not have asked for a better deputy commander, and now sector commander,” he added, indicating Captain Stevens.

The occasion also served as a retirement ceremony for Captain Carroll, which included an unexpected honor from a certain 100-year strong association…David White, executive vice president of the Virginia Maritime Association was honored to present Captain Carroll with the award of “Port Champion”on the behalf of the entire association.

The title of “Port Champion” is only awarded to individuals that without having direct business interests have embraced the maritime community with a spirit of cooperation and whose actions have substantively improved Virginia’s ports and marine transportation system.

Captain Kevin Carroll has led numerous efforts improving the navigational safety off the coast and throughout the waterways of Virginia, including preparing the Port of Virginia for unprecedented levels of infrastructure expansion and ahead of other U.S. East Coast ports for the evolution to Ultra Large Container Vessels. He has balanced the needs of the many users of the waterways while providing for the efficient port operations that have contributed to the growth of foreign and domestic commerce in Virginia’s ports,

“The Port Champion award was to be presented to him at VMA’s 100th Annual Maritime Banquet in May, but with the pandemic postponing the event, we felt that presenting Captain Carroll with the award during this change of command and retirement ceremony, while still in uniform amongst those with whom he has served, and with his family present, was more important than waiting,” shared David White. “Captain Carroll concludes his Coast Guard career leaving Virginia’s ports far, far better than he found them and with profound gratitude we wish him “fair winds and following seas.”

Resolution of Appreciation Awarded to Captain Carroll by the Virginia Maritime Association
Resolution of Appreciation Awarded to Captain Carroll by the Virginia Maritime Association


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