Success in the Arctic depends on unity of effort among Arctic nations. Why? Because no single nation has the sovereignty, capacity or control over all the resources necessary to meet the emerging challenges in the Arctic. While in Greenland, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Sen. Angus King met with the Joint Arctic Command, government dignitaries, leaders of indigenous communities and members of the scientific community to learn more about how our missions may change in this complicated operating environment.
Environmental changes in the polar regions are boosting new economic opportunities and transforming maritime activity in the regions. Access to previously unreachable natural resources is now possible and is encouraging new sovereignty claims by Arctic nations.
As the cruise ship Crystal Serenity and her 1,700 passengers and crew began her maiden northerly voyage from Alaska to New York this past week, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Arctic Caucus co-chairman Sen. Angus King held engagements in Greenland to personally observe and better understand the changes occurring in the Arctic.
Today we celebrate World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. Individuals and organizations across the planet are taking action to prevent pollution in our oceans. Recently two off-duty Coast Guardsmen saved three turtles trapped in a derelict net, doing their part to conserve the endangered population of green sea turtles.
Coast Guard’s new Science and Technology Innovation Center to enhance mission effectiveness through innovation
Ideas and innovation occur at all levels of an organization. Some of these ideas require years of research to develop into a fully executable solution, while other solutions can be more rapidly deployed. These innovations often improve mission effectiveness and offer solutions to potential issues that may arise. Recently, the Coast Guard, alongside scientists at the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), recognized that the Coast Guard fell short in this area, and worked to create a lasting solution that would allow for quick implementation of innovative ideas.
After hundreds of thousands of your votes on our Facebook page, we are proud to announce “Wildlife Control” has won Shutter Shootout 2016. “Wildlife Control” features Piper, the wildlife control canine at the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Mich. Piper keeps the airport clear of pests so aircrews, such as the ones featured in the winning photo from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City and the Royal Canadian Air Force, can safely transit the area.
It’s Dog versus Eagle in this head-to-head 2016 Shutter Shootout championship round! Which will be crowned the winner? We need our fans to decide! Go to the official Coast Guard Facebook page and VOTE!
We’ve made it to the final four and your winners from each division have been chosen! Still in the competition is a pup keeping guard of an airport, a photo fit for a stamp, a cutter steaming with pride and a son happy to have his daddy home. Now it’s your turn to find out who goes to the finals of “Shutter Shootout” – your chance to select the Coast Guard photo of the year.
The votes are in as we move on to the second round of tournament play, featuring photos from the East and West divisions in Shutter Shootout, as we get closer to selecting the best Coast Guard photo of the year.
After tallying the votes for round one, the second round of Shutter Shootout begins today with the North and South divisions as we get one step closer to selecting the best Coast Guard photo of the year.