Adm. Karl Schultz, Coast Guard commandant, delivers the 2019 State of the Coast Guard Address at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach in San Pedro, Calif., March 21, 2019. Speaking from the largest port in the nation, Schultz highlighted Coast Guard security and marine safety operations, which facilitates $4.6 trillion in annual economic activity. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Seaman Ryan Estrada.

State of the Coast Guard 2019: With our people

Last month, I had the honor of giving my first State of the Coast Guard Address in Los Angeles where our tremendous men and women protect our Nation’s maritime interests every day.

Throughout my remarks, I tried to highlight our greatest strength, and the cornerstone of our Readiness, the dedicated men and women of the Coast Guard. As I look to the future, I am tremendously optimistic that our Service will remain strong, adaptive, and resilient to the challenges ahead.


A 1943 photograph showing the commandant, Vice Adm. Russell Waesche, during a tour of wartime Coast Guard forces in the field. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: Waesche – the Coast Guard’s wartime leader, second founding father

Adm. Russell Waesche was responsible for the expansion of the service and improved the traditional functions of the Coast Guard during his 10 years as commandant. His administration intensified Coast Guard activity in the Great Lakes and added new missions of the Coast Guard including marine safety, icebreaking, and aids-to-navigation. One could say Waesche’s tenure as Coast Guard commandant was the most productive and successful in Coast Guard history; one could say he was the second founder of the Coast Guard.


Adm. Paul Zukunft (left), President Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Adm. Karl Schultz render honors during a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., June 1, 2018. During the ceremony Schultz relieved Zukunft to become the 26th commandant of the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley.

U.S. Coast Guard welcomes new commandant

Adm. Karl Schultz relieved Adm. Paul F. Zukunft commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard during a military change of command ceremony held Friday, June 1, 2018, at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.


The Coast GUard Academy's regimental commander 1st Class Cadet Kurt Camiske gives Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft a Coast Guard Academy hat as a gift for speaking at the Academy's annual Leadership Address, March 7, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Foguth.

Adm. Paul Zukunft’s Leadership Address 2018 at Coast Guard Academy

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft spoke at the Coast Guard Academy’s annual Commandant Leadership Address discussing dealing with people in positions of authority and influences and perfecting the art of listening.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft testifies during the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., March 14, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley.

Coast Guard commandant testifies before Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Marine Transportation

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft testified on the military branch’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. He highlighted the service’s efforts to combat dangerous transnational organized crime networks and the funding and support of the Coast Guard’s future major cutter fleet to include Offshore Patrol Cutters, Fast Response Cutters, National Security Cutters and the polar icebreaker program.


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 […]


Adm. Zukunft Testifies Before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft appeared before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today to discuss Coast Guard Search and Rescue and its response to the 2017 Hurricanes. The Commandant began his testimony stating that the Coast […]


Coast Guard breaks record for cocaine seizures

Last week, crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton offloaded 50,550 pounds of cocaine and heroin worth more than $679 million wholesale, which marks a record-breaking year in cocaine seizures for the service. The drugs were seized in 25 different interdictions in the Eastern Pacific Ocean beginning in early August.


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Adm. Zukunft testifies at House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft appeared today before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to discuss acquisition programs and modernizing the force. In addressing the subcommittee, the Commandant discussed the Coast Guard’s unique authorities and its ability to bridge gaps and create opportunities. Not only is the Coast Guard an armed service that advances national security objectives, it also executes the President’s national security and economic prosperity priorities.


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.


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