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Wolter assumes new role

Coast Guard Capt. William Wolter, a 1984 graduate of Bemidji High School, recently turned over his position as the commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter SENECA, home-ported in Boston, Mass., during a change of command ceremony June 11. The ceremony marked the ending of a two-year tour for Wolter, who assumed command of the cutter in July 2008.

During his tenure as the commanding officer, Wolter led SENECA through two Northern Atlantic patrols, two windward pass patrols and a joint interagency task force south patrol throughout the eastern Pacific Ocean.

During the Northern Atlantic patrols, SENECA upheld the Coast Guard's law enforcement mission by boarding more than 50 fishing vessels and responding to more than seven search and rescue cases of vessels in distress. SENECA's crew helped rescue, transfer and repatriate about 500 Haitian migrants during Wolter's two windward pass patrols, playing a role in protecting life at sea and deterring illegal immigration.

Wolter's next assignment will be working for Commander, Atlantic Area as the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Liaison to both the U.S. Navy's Fleet Forces Command and the U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.

Wolter joined the Coast Guard in May 1988.