Adm. Bob Papp delivers State of the Coast Guard address

Adm. Bob Papp, 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard, delivers his first State of the Coast Guard Address. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Adm. Bob Papp, 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard, delivers his first State of the Coast Guard address. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Earlier today, Admiral Bob Papp, 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard, delivered his first state of the Coast Guard speech at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. During his speech, Papp painted a determined picture of the state of our Service while laying out his vision for the future, what he referred to as ‘charting the course.’

During his State of the Coast Guard address, Adm. Papp released his Commandant's Direction. Click the image to download and read the document.

During his State of the Coast Guard address, Adm. Papp released his Commandant's Direction. Click the image to download and read the document.

“So, what is the state of the Coast Guard today? Well, I can report that we’re ready to meet mission demands, but we’re facing some real challenges,” said Papp. “But, when you’re facing challenges, it’s reassuring to be surrounded by a good crew.”

As might be expected from the Coast Guard’s longest serving commissioned cutterman, Papp’s address was peppered with nautical references and took on the tone of an ‘all hands’ meeting between a ship’s captain and its crew.

“No one else can do everything that we do. We protect citizens at sea, we protect America from threats delivered by sea, and we protect the sea itself. We are a military service, federal law enforcement agency, and our Nation’s lead maritime first responder with the mandate and bias to act. We are locally based, Nationally deployed, and globally connected.”

Click here to watch the speech or click here for the full transcript of Admiral Papp’s State of the Coast Guard address.

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6 Responses

  1. Brent Ruggles says:

    I attended this speech today. Lots of great information. I am interested in the efforts we will be making to improve CG Housing. This has been one of the biggest challenges facing Guardians (especially Jr. Enlisted with families). Many Coast Guard units are in the middle of nowhere with little or no housing program and nowhere near a DOD Base that has housing. We have been a one income family and the greatest challenge to our budget has been when we needed to live on the economy, even with BAH to help.

  2. LTJG S. M. Young says:

    Brent Ruggles,

    Thanks for your comment, and we are glad you were able to attend the State of the Coast Guard address. As you can imagine Adm. Papp has post-address obligations, but we will get back to you as soon as we can.

    Very Respectfully,
    LTJG S. M. Young
    Coast Guard Public Affairs

  3. S. Carolina says:

    The members of my unit watched the Address, streamed on the internet. There were issues at in the beginning of the speach…the screen was blank, as if the feed was lost. We nearly secured the video monitor because of the technical problems. An talking point that has generated a lot of discussion at my unit was the talk of extending tour lengths. Some people I am stationed with would rather separate from the service than be stationed in the geographic location for more than 4 years. Can any insight be offered as to what is being discussed?

  4. LTJG S. M. Young says:

    Brent Ruggles,

    I reached out to the Personnel Directorate at headquarters and they were able to shed some light on initiatives related to Coast Guard housing:

    “As the Commandant outlined in his State of the Coast Guard address, he is very concerned about the welfare of military families and has dedicated the upcoming year as the “Year of the Family.” In keeping with that theme, the Coast Guard and the Commandant are committed to improving military housing across the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard’s FY11 budget included $13.9M to address emergent military housing needs in Montauk, New York and in Upper Keys, Florida. Additionally, on October 17, 2010, President Obama signed the 2010 Coast Guard Authorization Act into law. Section 221 of the Act enables the Coast Guard to sell real property that is owned or under the administrative control of the Coast Guard and use the proceeds from these sales to improve military family and unaccompanied housing. The Coast Guard is aggressively pursuing execution of these new authorities in order to improve the material condition of Coast Guard owned housing.”

    Very Respectfully,
    LTJG S. M. Young
    Coast Guard Public Affairs

  5. CDR Glynn Smith says:

    S. Carolina,

    The 2011 State of the Coast Guard web cast went dark for about two minutes starting around 12:45 p.m. This occurred after the satellite link being used to feed video to the web momentarily dropped off line. You can find a link to the address document and archived video in the news section of the Senior Leadership page at .

    ADM Papp stated in his address that he wants to take a hard look at tour length policies. He has a genuine interest in improving unit proficiency and mission performance, and minimizing the impact frequent moves has on many families. This needs to be studied further, so we will work to keep you informed as more information becomes available.

    v/r

    CDR Glynn Smith
    Commandant’s Communications Director

  6. Jim Koshar, LT, USCG(Ret.) says:

    One of the most sobering and realistic ‘State of the Coast Guard” addresses delivered in years. This is due in large part to a ‘change of times’ having to do with the budget of our Nation. The Coast Guard has done a superior job in recent years to significantly increase diversity in our Service. Our Nation too has much to do in order to ensure a higher level of education to our young people so that they are qualified to enter all of the Service Academies…and not just for the purposes of playing football. V/R Jim Koshar, LT, USCG(Ret.)