As he marks one year of service as Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft participated in a video Q&A on his Facebook page. Take a look at the video to hear directly from the Commandant on his views relating to the budget realities of today, manning challenges at stations across the country and who he’d like to have over for dinner.
Next Saturday will mark Adm. Paul Zukunft’s first year as Commandant and he is inviting Facebook followers to share what’s on their mind once again. This time around, the Commandant will host a video Q&A. Please leave your questions for the Commandant at his Facebook page and he’ll answer the top questions in a video message to be released May 29, 2015.
As 217 cadets in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Class of 2015 swore the oath of office in the presence of their commander in chief, they set their course to ensure their names would be etched in the annals of history.
“This place is really great for developing leaders,” said Giorgio. “Looking back now I can see all of the development and growth. Every single time it got hard, I got better as a person, I got stronger, I learned something every time and I’ve become a better leader and person over all. I dug deep and found it in me. I pushed past all of the other stuff and showed that it could be done.”
It was a chilly morning to start the Face of America bicycle ride in Arlington, Virginia when Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft motioned toward nearly 150 disabled cyclists and addressed the gathered crowd, “If you don’t know what TEAM stands for it’s ‘The Exceptional Athlete Matters” and, if you look toward the veterans who are determined to ride 110 miles, you’ll see our exceptional athletes. We’re all going to finish together and this is going to be an awesome ride.”
Support. It’s been a common theme throughout the entirety of Capt. Lucinda Cunningham’s career. A theme that she hopes will continue. Cunningham enlisted in the Coast Guard in May 1990 after gradating college in North Carolina.
It’s been nearly a century since Coast Guard service first found its way into the hearts of Marina Stevens’ family. – carrying on a tradition that began with her great-grandfather, Olin “Blackie” Emerson, in 1918.
Ladyga, who had been exposed to the military her entire life through her father, who served in the U.S. Army, received her commission in the Coast Guard upon graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2007. Since then, she has seen herself as one thing: An officer in the United States Coast Guard.
“This is a great success for the Shiprider program, and it comes on the heels of an operation last month in which U.S. and Canadian law enforcement exercised the very same cross-border interdiction capabilities and authorities as used for this case,” said Capt. Scott Lemasters, commander of Coast Guard Sector Detroit. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the result.”
One of the greatest tests of the Coast Guard’s ability to surge forces in response to a major contingency occurred five years ago today when the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon exploded and caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico. In the immediate aftermath of the explosion, the Coast Guard responded along with others in the maritime community. While the collective response saved 115 people from the rig’s crew, 11 lives were tragically lost.