Vice Adm. Paul Zukunft addresses the crew of the Coast Guard Communication Station in Kodiak, Alaska, Jan. 22, 2014. Zukunft, commander Coast Guard Pacific Area, along with Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, commander Coast Guard 17th District, recognized members of the COMMSTA for their hard work and volunteerism throughout Kodiak before discussing the Coast Guard state of affairs, current and future plans. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings.

President Obama intends to nominate Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft as the 25th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard

Moments ago, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced President Obama’s intent to nominate Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, currently Pacific Area commander, to be the next commandant of the United States Coast Guard in an all hands email to DHS personnel.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp inspects sailors at Devonport Naval Base in Auckland, New Zealand. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis.

Adm. Papp meets with New Zealand Defence Force officials

Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp finished his recent international trip last week with an official visit to New Zealand. Like the other three countries on his itinerary, this visit was aimed at strengthening ties with partner maritime governance organizations and learning more about the dynamic Asia-Pacific Region.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp meets with Korea Coast Guard Commissioner General Kim Suk Kyoon in Incheon, Sept. 13, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis.

The Korea Coast Guard partnership

I had the distinct honor this past week to represent the U.S. Coast Guard during an official visit to the Republic of Korea, hosted by Korea Coast Guard Commissioner General Kim Suk Kyoon. This was my third stop in a series of official visits to strengthen ties with partner maritime governance organizations and learn more about the dynamic Asia-Pacific region.


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Adm. Papp visits international partners Down Under

Adm. Papp toured the new Australian Customs and Border Protection Service patrol boat Cape St. George, visited Rescue Coordination Center Australia and received detailed briefings from the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Border Protection Command, a multi-agency task force that directs coordinated maritime governance operations.


Vietnam visit

Coast Guard strengthens relationship with Vietnam Marine Police

The U.S. Coast Guard continued to expand U.S. ties to Vietnam last week with a visit by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp, who became the first Commandant to visit as part of an official international outreach initiative. Over the past three years, the Coast Guard, in close coordination with the Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, has been helping Vietnam to build their maritime governance capacity by providing training assistance to the Vietnam Marine Police. The VMP is a “Coast Guard-like” maritime law enforcement component within their Ministry of Defense, and will become the Vietnam Coast Guard next month.


Sen. Landrieu

The spirit of Bertholf

Each year the Coast Guard presents the Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf Award to a member of Congress who exemplifies the spirit of Bertholf by making substantial contributions in support of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard and enhances the ability of the service to carry out its missions. This year’s recipient is Sen. Mary Landrieu.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp (center) leads a discussion during the senior leadership meeting. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo.

Coast Guard senior leaders discuss strategic approach to leadership issues

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp hosted Coast Guard senior leaders from the National Capital Region on June 17, 2013, at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., to discuss and make decisions on major personnel issues facing the service.


Casey Van Huysen

Strength & resilience

One person who could be counted on in the months of rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy was Casey Van Huysen. Van Huysen, a native of Mobile, Ala., is the ombudsman at Sector New York. Van Huysen worked with other military spouses after Hurricane Sandy hit to collect more than $235,000 worth of donations including food, clothing and toys. The spouses received and organized the generous amount of items donated to give to military families who were uprooted during the storm.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp prepares to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee in the Hart Senate Office in Washington June 4, 2013. Papp joined other senior military leaders in providing an update on sexual assault prevention and response. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Adm. Papp testifies at Senate Armed Services Committee hearing

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp along with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other service chiefs testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee today on sexual assault prevention and response in the military.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp tours the Fram Museum in Oslo, Norway, with Rear Admiral Bernt Grimstvedt, Chief of the Royal Norwegian Navy. The museum includes the Fram, a ship used by Norwegian explorers for Arctic and Antarctic expeditions between 1893 and 1912. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis.

Strengthening maritime governance partnerships in Norway

Strengthening our partnerships is more important than ever before. Our nation is making difficult but necessary decisions to put our fiscal house in order and we may be asked to do less with less, or at least do the same work with different means. But the need for maritime governance continues in order to achieve our shared goals of safe transportation, clean seas, and secure and efficient movement of commerce. Working as partners we will navigate “uncertain and stormy seas” together.


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