Coast Guard’s 228th Birthday

Coast Guard commandant Adm. Karl Shultz talks about his guiding principles, “Ready, Responsive, Relevant” in a birthday message.

From the Homefront: How Coast Guard Day is celebrated across the service

August 4th is a special day for the Coast Guard and its members, as well as the families that support them. It is a day to honor the organization’s past and present, along with the men and women who have served and who serve today. It’s a day to spend time with shipmates and the entire Coast Guard family! Here are just some of the ways Coast Guard units and their families celebrate the Coast Guard’s birthday.


Remembrance ceremony brings together unit, family of fallen shipmate

At the National Strike Force, the mission can be anything but routine and the sacrifices often great. Perry serves as a welcome reminder of the humility and bravery of what the Coast Guard uniform stands for. His memory and legacy will always be at the heart of the Atlantic Strike Team.

Commandant’s Coast Guard Day message – Continued focus on proficiency

Our most valuable asset is our Coast Guard men and women-active, reserve, civilian and auxiliary. As we have for 223 years, Coast Guardsmen continue to rise to every challenge, overcome every hardship, and put service before self.

The Drawing Board: Celebrating 223 years of service

A U.S. Coast Guard cartoon by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Mendenhall recognizing the service’s 223rd birthday.

Air Station San Diego

Week in the life of the Coast Guard: Weekend

The weekend is here as we showcase Coast Guard missions in a week in the life of the Coast Guard. Check out these photos to see everything from small boat operations in Ketchikan, Alaska, to servicemembers commemorating 222 years of America’s Coast Guard. From July 30 to August 5, Coast Guard men and women captured a week in the life of the Coast Guard to highlight the missions we perform on a daily basis. Stay with us throughout the week as we share a day-by-day snapshot of life in the Coast Guard.

President Obama’s birthday message to the Coast Guard

UPDATE: Paragraph one has been corrected to reflect that the Stratton will be the third of eight planned national security cutters and not the fifth. President Obama has a special relationship with the Coast Guard. In addition to being our […]

Military leaders salute Coast Guard on our birthday

As the Coast Guard family celebrates 221 years of service to the nation, we are reminded of the close bonds we share with America’s other military services. Earlier today, Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wished […]

Celebrating 221 years of service

On August 4, 1790, President George Washington put pen to paper and created the Revenue Cutter Service. That service of “a few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at the entrances of our ports, might at a small expense be made useful […]

President Obama

President Obama wishes Coast Guard happy birthday

Today is a special day for our nation. As the Coast Guard celebrates its birthday, so does the President of the United States, Barack Obama. The President honored the Coast Guard men and women stationed across the Gulf Coast, the […]

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