New Commander for Coast Guard Sector San Diego

Capt. James Spitler relieves Capt. Timothy Barelli as the Coast Guard Sector San Diego commander during a change of command ceremony in San Diego, July 14, 2022. Rear Adm. Andrew M. Sugimoto, the 11th Coast Guard District commander, presided over the time-honored military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding or flag officer to another. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Stanton)

Capt. James Spitler is the new commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego, taking over for Capt. Timothy Barelli, who has retired after 26 years of service.

The change of command was made official Thursday, July 14 in a ceremony in San Diego with Rear Adm. Andrew M. Sugimoto, commander of 11th Coast Guard District, presiding.

Spitler previously served as chief of the domestic operations division, directorate of operations of the U.S. Northern Command in Colorado.

“Since 1934, the Coast Guard has selflessly served the city of San Diego,’’ Spitler said. “We are a part of this legacy and with my guiding principles of people, proficiency and professionalism we will continue to be Semper Paratus for years to come.”

Semper Paratus, the Coast Guard’s motto, is Latin for Always Ready.

Spitler, a Pensacola, Florida, native obtained his commission from the Coast Guard Academy in 1997. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue University.