For the second straight year, I am celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday overseas. This year, I had the privilege of joining Coast Guard families and our allies from the United Kingdom Royal Navy for Thanksgiving dinner. Without question, we have many reasons to be thankful. As Coast Guard Commandant, I am incredibly thankful.
Coast Guard Vice Commandant Vice Adm. Charles Michel testified on Arctic operations before a joint subcommittee hearing held today that included the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats and the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, both with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Coble retired from his political service in January 2015, after serving in Congress for more than 30 years. With his combined service time, he spent more than 55 years of his life serving with and supporting the U.S. Coast Guard. He was the last Coast Guard veteran serving in Congress.
As we pay homage to those veterans have gone before us, we must also honor those veterans who have returned from duty and are ready to serve our Nation in new ways. They are leaders in our schools, our businesses and our communities.
The Arctic Coast Guard Forum is an operationally-focused, consensus-based organization with the purpose of leveraging collective resources to foster safe, secure and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the Arctic. Membership includes Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation and the United States.
Cartels and gangs throughout Central and South America, as well as Mexico, continue to promote fear, violence, corruption and death as they devastate natural resources and exploit citizens and institutions to move drugs, children and weapons for profit. Americans see the symptoms of these nefarious networks when children flock to our borders to escape violence and the U.S. consumer demand for drugs and the associated societal costs continues to rise.
Lt. Jimmy Crotty was a hero who’s actions during the Battle for Corregidor singlehandedly earned the Coast Guard the Defense of the Philippines battle streamer. He was posthumously honored with the Bronze Star and Purple Heart nearly 67 years after his death as a prisoner of war at Cabanatuan Prison Camp in 1943.
Ray Evans was a writer, a self-proclaimed wordsmith, high school basketball and football player with a glass jaw and no affinity for boxing. He was also a Coast Guard hero and a great friend to the late Douglas Munro.
A true link in The Long Blue Line, Revenue Cutter Service officer David Jarvis led one of the most unusual rescue efforts in Alaska, diverting from the usual Coast Guard elements of coastal waters and open ocean. His memory lives on in the history and heritage of the Coast Guard and the State of Alaska.
Capt. Mike Healy served as one of the sole government representatives in the remote waters of Alaska, introducing missions that the Coast Guard would adopt for future generations.