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A time-honored tradition

With summer in full swing, Coast Guard cutters, sectors, air stations and support units are not only seeing new weather, but new faces. During the summer months, what is often known as transfer season, members across the service take on new roles and assignments. For many officers and senior enlisted their new units will mark the first time they will have the opportunity to command a Coast Guard unit. That responsibility begins with their participation in the time-honored tradition of the change of command.


New vice commandant takes the helm

Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara was relieved by Vice Adm. John Currier at a vice commandant change of watch ceremony held today. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp presided over the ceremony, held at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. Department of […]


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Spectrum helps CGA produce leaders of character

With contributions from Petty Officer 1st Class NyxoLyno Cangemi. Following the September 2011 repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy governing the service of gay and lesbian members, cadets at the United States Coast Guard Academy established […]


Remembering the crew of CG-6535

Earlier today the Coast Guard bid farewell to four of its own. In a memorial service held in Hangar 2 at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., the service paid tribute to the crew of Coast Guard helicopter 6535 […]


Dedicating a new generation patrol boat

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp participated in a dedication ceremony for the Coast Guard’s fast response cutter fleet in Lockport, La., today. The new 154-foot cutters being built by Bollinger Shipyards are a key aspect of the Coast Guard’s […]


Celebrating 9 years of DHS

Posted on behalf of Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp. I am delighted to congratulate the Department of Homeland Security on its ninth anniversary. Today, DHS continues exceptional work to protect the United States. I join with all Coast Guard […]


Adm. Papp delivers second State of the Coast Guard address

UPDATED with additional text from address. Earlier today, Adm. Bob Papp, 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard, delivered his second State of the Coast Guard address at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif. During his speech, Papp described the Coast […]


ADM Papp focused on counter-piracy, Arctic at IMO assembly

This is the second of a three-part series focused on Adm. Bob Papp’s travel to the Middle East and Europe to meet with partner organizations and visit Coast Guard personnel. It was written with contributions by Ademide Adedokun. Coast Guard […]


Flags across America

As the sun rose over Arlington National Cemetery, a group of Coast Guard members and their families gathered. With steam rising from their coffee cups, they set out amongst the cemetery’s autumn leaves to perform the most humbling of acts […]


Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Beginning today, the policy governing the service of gay and lesbian members – commonly referred to as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – has been repealed. Now implemented, the repeal allows gay and lesbian Americans to serve openly in the military. […]


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