More than 3,000 Coast Guard members call North Carolina home. North Carolina is also home to Rep. David Price, the 2013 recipient of the Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf Award. The annual award is a way to recognize members of Congress who exemplify the spirit of the award’s namesake – the service’s first commandant.
Today, Coast Guard Vice Commandant Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger testified on implementing U.S. policy in the Arctic before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. The Vice Commandant led his opening statement by sharing his personal experience with Coast Guard operations in the Arctic; experiences that have shaped his understanding of the service’s role as the nation’s lead federal agency for ensuring maritime safety and security in the region.
Brewster began serving as an officer in the Revenue Cutter Service in 1797, about the time the Quasi-War with France began. By 1801, he received his captain’s commission and began serving as skipper of cutter Active, out of New York. He remained in the service until a year after the end of the War of 1812. All of cutter Active’s missions during the War of 1812 were carried out under his command.
Rep. Howard Coble will soon retire after this term in Congress. He is the last Coast Guard veteran currently serving in Congress. Reminiscing on both his service in the Coast Guard and as a member of Congress, the one thing he wishes Americans would do is fully support the service.
Diamonds, rare as they are beautiful, are among the strongest and hardest known materials on Earth. It is perhaps fitting, then, that the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – rare in their talents and strong in their commitment to service – celebrated their diamond anniversary today.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is an all-volunteer force that keeps the nation’s waterways safer and more secure. Civilian volunteers of the Auxiliary set the standard for completing the mission and the call to serve resonates through every member.
The Commandant’s Direction is developed to guide the Coast Guard during the tenure of each commandant and is founded on the core principles of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty.
It was 1958 when a Korean War veteran settled into post-war life with his family at a farmhouse in Connecticut. He found work as a state trooper and converted the bottom of his farmhouse into apartments for extra income. In 1960, a Coast Guard ensign and his wife moved into the apartment. The Korean War veteran had a son who became fascinated with the Coast Guard and was invited to sail overnight aboard the ensign’s ship, Coast Guard Cutter Owasco.
Moments ago, Adm. Paul F. Zukunft assumed command of the United States Coast Guard in a change of command ceremony teeming with naval tradition at Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. As the 25th Commandant of the Coast Guard, Zukunft will lead the largest component of the Department of Homeland Security, comprised of 41,700 active duty, 7,800 reserve and 8,300 civilian personnel as well as 31,000 volunteer Coast Guard auxiliarists.
He joined the Coast Guard to fly. And fly he did. Vice Adm. John Currier piloted five Coast Guard and three Navy aircraft types, amassing 6,023 flight hours. He took to the skies, saving lives and protecting our nation, for 38 years. Currier assumed duties as the 28th vice commandant of the Coast Guard in May 2012 and was relived from his duties at a change of watch ceremony held earlier this week. As vice commandant, Currier focused on reawakening the operational safety culture in the Coast Guard.
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson welcomed the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Class of 2014 as the service’s newest complement of officers yesterday. Alongside degrees with majors ranging from humanities to engineering, cadets received commissions in the U.S. Coast Guard to officially begin careers in service to the country’s maritime needs.