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Vojvodich takes Coast Guard command

July 29, 2010
The Herald-Star

U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Joseph M. Vojvodich, son of Su Cha Vojvodich of Richmond and the late Joseph Vojvodich, assumed command of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound and captain of Port of Long Island Sound in a June ceremony in New Haven, Conn.

Vojvodich is a Jefferson Union High School graduate and an honor graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

He earned his master of science degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and has completed the Naval War college nonresidential curriculum.

He obtained his project manager professional certification in 2001 and graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University.

He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, three Coast Guard Meritorious Service medals, three Coast Guard Commendation medals and a Coast Guard Achievement Medal, as well as several unit, team and special operations service awards.

Vojvodich previously was acquisition program manager for the Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate's Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance projects at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

He oversaw an investor portfolio consisting of five major C4ISR projects and also served as the project manager for several C4ISR efforts and supervised the Coast Guard's research and development portfolio at the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate.

As commander of the sector, he will lead 550 active duty military and civilians, 180 uniformed reservists and 1,800 volunteers with the Coast Guard Auxiliary at 16 operational units.

From his command at New Haven, Conn., he will oversee water rescues, pollution responses, port safety and security enhancements, ice-breaking missions and fisheries and counter narcotics enforcement operations.

The sector includes 450 miles of coastline along the shores of Connecticut and Long Island and more than 23,000 square miles offshore out to 200 miles.

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