Deployed Coast Guard rigid-hull inflatable boat with World Trade Center burning in background. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: 9/11 and the U.S. Coast Guard

The 2001 terrorist attacks reshaped the Coast Guard, including new homeland security units, alterations in existing Coast Guard units and the transition to a new federal agency. The service’s response demonstrated its flexibility and relevance in the Coast Guard’s greatest transformation since World War II.


Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2017 – Friday

The Coast Guard protects and defends more than 100,000 miles of U.S. coastline and inland waterways, and safeguards an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) encompassing 4.5 million square miles, which is the largest EEZ in the world! View this “Week in the Life” blog to see what Coast Guard members accomplished on Fridays during February.


Presidential Transition Team releases U.S. Coast Guard Overview

On Jan. 20, 2017, a new administration will take office. Joining departments and agencies across the federal government, the Coast Guard’s Presidential Transition Team directly supports the department’s Presidential Transition Office through thorough planning, preparation and collaboration across the service and within the department. All transition teams’ responsibilities span a broad spectrum; however, one primary task is to ensure the new administration understands information regarding an organization. Telling the Coast Guard’s story and how we bring value to the Nation is part of ensuring a seamless transition to the next administration. The new “U.S. Coast Guard Overview” and the Overview website provide the most up-to-date information regarding the Coast Guard’s workforce, assets, budget, and missions. View the links in the post!


We are DHS

Every single day, the dedicated men and women of the Department of Homeland Security safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values. By air, by land, by sea, or in cyberspace, more than 230,000 employees of DHS work every day to keep our nation safe.


DHS Remembers September 11, 2001

The Department of Homeland Security released a statement in honor of 9/11: “This year on September 11th, we pause to remember events that occurred fifteen years ago, events which prompted the formation of this Department. We continue to commemorate 9/11 and, at the same time, move forward.”


DHS mission statement: “With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.”

DHS releases new mission statement

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson released a new mission statement in response to a call for input from the men and women of DHS. These words reflect the pillars and priorities of the #OneDHS unified workforce that keeps our homeland secure.


U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the Coast Guard, talked to the Coast Guard Academy's Corps of Cadets about his guiding principles and how they can help drive the change toward a better Coast Guard, Feb. 29, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Brahm.

The Coast Guard’s culture – Service Above Self

During the annual leadership address at the Coast Guard Academy, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft talked to the Academy’s Corps of Cadets about the current state of the Coast Guard workforce, our close ties to the Department of Homeland Security, and his “view from the bridge.”


Department of Homeland Security updates National Terrorism Advisory System

Earlier today, the Department of Homeland Security updated the National Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS, a tool designed to communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the American public. As part of the Coast Guard’s commitment to the security of America’s waterways, we are informing you of the change to the NTAS system and providing our readers with the opportunity to add an NTAS widget to your own websites to keep friends, family and neighbors informed of potential threats.


DHS Secretary's Awards for Valor

Three Coast Guardsmen awarded DHS Valor awards

“The Secretary’s Award for Valor is the highest honor to recognize those who have put others before themselves, integrity and duty above all else,” said Secretary Jeh Johnson. “It is an honor to shake their hands today and thank them for their selfless service.”


Impacts of a Potential Continuing Resolution or Lapse in Appropriation

Today, United States Coast Guard men and women are standing the watch around the world in service to our Nation. Our efforts and mission success depend on reliable and predictable funding.


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