The only square-rigger in U.S. government service, Coast Guard Cutter Eagle has offered generations of Coast Guard Academy cadets an unparalleled leadership experience at sea. For nearly two decades, Auxiliarist George White has been part of that leadership experience. White, a member of the all-volunteer Coast Guard Auxiliary, served as a mentor to cadets aboard the sail-training vessel and was recently presented the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of his outstanding service.
When the Coast Guard Academy hockey players boarded the bus after a game against the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., the thought never crossed their minds that their lives were about to flash before their eyes. The events that would unfold were some they’d only seen in the movies.
The crew aboard Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous, a multi-mission 210-foot medium endurance cutter based out of Cape May, N.J., recently exemplified the spirit of maritime stewardship and partnership during their recent port call to the Bahamas. For three days, the Coast Guard crew collaborated with the Royal Bahamas Defense Force – the armed service and coast guard component of The Bahamas known as RBDF – for community outreach and exercise planning.
In the world of emergency response, one can accurately infer that strong working relationships among all involved parties are crucial to mission success. The Coast Guard, being one of the nation’s top emergency response organizations, works with local agencies throughout the country every day in search and rescue operations, law enforcement cases and even environmental protection missions to ensure the preservation of lives, protection of property and national security, and the conservation of ecosystems and endangered species.
This week is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week and is a perfect time to reflect on how ready you and your loved ones are for the unexpected.
President Obama intends to nominate Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft as the 25th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard
Moments ago, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced President Obama’s intent to nominate Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, currently Pacific Area commander, to be the next commandant of the United States Coast Guard in an all hands email to DHS personnel.
It’s your birthday; you’re hanging out with your family and friends. There are candles, birthday cake and presents. Relaxing right? Chief Warrant Officer Paul Zado’s first birthday underway as a Coast Guardsman was a little different. He was a petty officer hanging on for his life inside Coast Guard Cutter Planetree’s galley as 20-foot waves tossed the 180-foot long cutter. Plates flew from the dishwasher, scattering like a flock of seagulls. He couldn’t even hear his own voice over the bellowing storm.
“Our Way” is proficiency in craft, proficiency in leadership, and disciplined initiative. You will see it among our heroes from that long blue line of Coast Guard men and women who have served our country almost since its inception. You also see it everywhere today, embodied by several special guests who joined me for the Address from throughout our Service. Indeed, important things like proficiency remain the same, despite change.
The Coast Guard’s Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team was embarked aboard the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Kidd in support of the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. Together, with their defense partners, the six-member law enforcement team led fisheries enforcement programs designed to assist Pacific island nations with bolstering their economies through the management and protection of vital fish stocks. Due to the historic significance of the South Pacific, these servicemembers thought about the magnitude of their setting; they were transiting waters that were host to some of the most famous battles in U.S. military history.
When 27 Coast Guard Academy cadets arrived at Martinez Magnet School in New Haven, Conn., recently, they had their Junior Achievement briefcases in hand and were ready to teach their young audience about finance, the importance of education and the Coast Guard. The students, ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade, took a day away from the textbooks to allow the cadets to run through various lessons.