Change of Command at Joint Interagency Task Force West

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HONOLULU, HAWAII- Joint Interagency Task Force West held its 15th change of command ceremony April 26th bidding farewell to U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Christopher Tomney and welcoming Rear Admiral James Rendon.

Rear Admiral Tomney, a Coast Guard Academy graduate from Massachusetts served as the Director of Joint Interagency Task Force West from March 2010 to April 2012.  He will be reporting to US Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C. to become the Assistant Commandant for Intelligence and Criminal Investigations.


During Rear Admiral Tomney’s tenure as the Director, Joint Interagency Task Force West received the United States Interdiction Coordinator award from the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Rear Admiral Tomney is best known for the Task Force’s contributions assisting law enforcement to successfully seize over 2000 metric tons of chemical precursors destined for illicit methamphetamine production, of which would have produced 500 metric tons of meth worth 20 billion dollars.

Rear Admiral Rendon, also a Coast Guard Academy graduate, is from San Antonio, Texas with over 28 years of service having most recently served as the Assistant Superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy.

Joint Interagency Task Force West partners with law enforcement agency efforts to combat drug-related transnational organized crime in the Asia-Pacific region.


Submitted by JIATF West Public Affairs