Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Vice Adm. Charles Michel enters the Rayburn House Office Building shortly before testifying with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Vice Adm. Michel testifies at Arctic hearing

Coast Guard Vice Commandant Vice Adm. Charles Michel testified on Arctic operations before a joint subcommittee hearing held today that included the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats and the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, both with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.


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Building the national security cutter: A sponsor’s role

Being the spouse of an ‘ancient mariner’ provides a unique perspective into the world of Coast Guard cutters and life at sea. However, Linda Kapral Papp, wife of retired Adm. Bob Papp, is getting a different view of the cutter fleet through her new role: sponsor of the Coast Guard’s fourth National Security Cutter, Hamilton.


The Hamilton performs sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico, Aug. 13, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos Vega.

Building the national security cutter: Acceptance

In October, Hamilton was christened by it’s sponsor, Linda Kapral Papp, wife of retired Adm. Bob Papp. In the months since, the cutter has been put through a series of tests culminating in sea trials to determine the readiness of the vessel to support Coast Guard missions. Yesterday, the Coast Guard formally accepted delivery of Hamilton at a ceremony in Pascagoula, Mississippi.


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Shipmate of the Week – ADM Bob Papp

It was 1958 when a Korean War veteran settled into post-war life with his family at a farmhouse in Connecticut. He found work as a state trooper and converted the bottom of his farmhouse into apartments for extra income. In 1960, a Coast Guard ensign and his wife moved into the apartment. The Korean War veteran had a son who became fascinated with the Coast Guard and was invited to sail overnight aboard the ensign’s ship, Coast Guard Cutter Owasco.


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DHS Secretary Johnson addresses Coast Guard’s newest officers

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson welcomed the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Class of 2014 as the service’s newest complement of officers yesterday. Alongside degrees with majors ranging from humanities to engineering, cadets received commissions in the U.S. Coast Guard to officially begin careers in service to the country’s maritime needs.


Adm. Paul Zukunft is frocked to the rank of admiral at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., May 15, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer CC Clayton.

Adm. Zukunft confirmed as 25th Commandant of the Coast Guard

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft to the rank of admiral and appointed him to be the 25th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. The confirmation was approved by unanimous consent. Zukunft will assume the role of commandant, currently held by Adm. Bob Papp, at a change of command ceremony May 30, 2014.


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National Coast Guard Museum: Breaking ground

The National Coast Guard Museum Association was formed to “establish, develop, foster and perpetuate the National Coast Guard Museum which will serve to promote historical knowledge of the Coast Guard and its predecessor services among the present and past member of the service and among the general public, and to promote an awareness, recognition and pride the their role in the maritime heritage of the United States.”


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A call to duty on the high seas

Built during the twilight era of sail, Coast Guard Cutter Eagle’s construction embodies centuries of development in the art and history of shipbuilding. Today, the teak decks of the barque served as a fitting platform for the time-honored tradition of the Ancient Mariner ceremony.


Kodiak man convicted for murder of Coast Guard employees in Kodiak

U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that a jury of 6 women and 6 men, found James Michael Wells guilty of the murders of Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle on April 12, 2012. Both Hopkins and Belisle were murdered at U.S. Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak.


Adm. Papp presents award to “The Coast Guard Lady”

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp recently presented a Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award to Mrs. Lois Bouton, “The Coast Guard Lady,” at her home in Arkansas.


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