Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft dines with Coast Guard members during a Thanksgiving meal. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley.

Thankful for our United States Coast Guard

Written by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft As families, friends and loved ones join together to give thanks, my wife Fran and I are honored to share this Thanksgiving tradition with deployed service members. Nearly 400 years after the […]


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft meets with Colombian Vice President Oscar Naranjo alongside government officials. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Securing the Western Hemisphere

Transnational organized crime is a 750 billion dollar enterprise. Motivated by profit, criminal organizations drive widespread instability in South and Central America as they exploit vulnerable populations by trafficking drugs, children, bulk cash and weapons.


State of the Coast Guard

The State of Today’s Coast Guard

As Commandant, I am in the business of ensuring the readiness of our force. Of ensuring our men and women are properly trained and equipped to carry out their mission. It is this force, and all that our men and women do, that continually and truly humble me. I could not be more grateful for each of our phenomenal active duty, reserve, civil servant, and auxiliary members.


Year of Gratitude

Fran and I are fortunate to celebrate this Thanksgiving with 200 members of our Coast Guard, including the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Tampa, Port Security Unit 307 and those deployed with Aviation Detachment Guantanamo Bay. Like many American families, the food service specialists here spent time preparing a meal that signifies the blessings our Nation offers – liberty, peace and the bounty of prosperity and opportunity.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft engages with veterans at the United States Veterans Initiative facility in Washington, D.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

A Duty to People, A Duty to Veterans

On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in 1918, the hostilities of World War I came to an end. What was once known as Armistice Day is now known as Veterans Day serving as a reminder of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who served across the world to protect our freedoms. On this day, we reflect upon the men and women whose service and sacrifice is the foundation for our American way of life – our freedoms, our values, our ideals.


RBM

World’s Best Coast Guard

Today marks 226 years of service by America’s Coast Guard. Building upon our proud history, we are boldly addressing the vast maritime challenges facing our Nation. Strategically focused, we are leading the way into the 21st century. Guided by our suite of regional and functional strategies, we are focused in the Western Hemisphere, and Arctic and on guaranteeing economic security by countering the threats to our maritime infrastructure and cyber networks.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivers the 2016 State of the Coast Guard Address from the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

2016 State of the Coast Guard

Today, the State of the Coast Guard remains Semper Paratus – Always Ready to guard the Homeland, protect our environment, facilitate maritime commerce, save those in peril on the sea and attack transnational organized crime networks that attempt to exploit the maritime domain. Right now Coast Guard women and men are on watch – as they have been for 225 years – serving the Nation’s interests, security and prosperity.


Strategy

Release of U.S. Coast Guard Human Capital Strategy

Our human capital management system has not appreciably changed for decades. This afternoon, I signed a Human Capital Strategy that charts an ambitious 10-year course for building a workforce to truly meet the demands of the 21st century. Without question, our fleet of ships and aircraft, and all of our operating communities, are only effective if the people inside them have the requisite training and skill to optimize them, and our Human Capital Strategy is an important guidepost to attain and sustain proficiency in every facet of our diverse response and support portfolio.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Mrs. Fran DeNinno-Zukunft join Coast Guard families stationed overseas for Thanksgiving Dinner. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

What I am most thankful for

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 Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft visits Commodore Bertholf's final resting place on Nov. 11, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Our Nation’s veterans

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.


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