Capt. Matthew Bell, the new commanding officer of Coast Guard Patrol Forces
Southwest Asia, addresses the audience at a change of command ceremony
for Coast Guard forces in the Middle East today (Monday). Bell is a former commanding officer of the USCG Cutter Alex Haley, homeported in Kodiak, where his family still lives. He
takes over as commanding officer for Coast Guard forces in the Middle
East, relieving Capt. Glenn Grahl. Coast Guard photo by ETC Christopher
Smith, Patrol Forces Southwest Asia.
former commanding officer of the Kodiak-based Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley is
now the commander of U.S. Coast Guard forces in the Middle East supporting
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Matthew Bell, who still lives in Kodiak, took over at a ceremony in Bahrain
today (Monday). He takes control of six Coast Guard patrol boats, five U.S.
Navy coastal patrol boats, a large support unit in Bahrain, a training team in
Umm Qasr, Iraq, and a Coast Guard forward operating base at the Kuwait Naval
Base. Coast Guard crews in the region are tasked with protecting two Iraqi oil
Bell’s most recent
job in the Coast Guard was chief of cutter forces for the Pacific Area. He has
held numerous positions during his 22 years of service in the Coast Guard,
including commanding officer of the Alex Haley in Kodiak. As part of his new
job he will receive the title of commodore because of the numerous ships under