Vice Commandant’s 2018 Watch, Listen and Learn List

The world all around us is changing – the dynamic geopolitical environment, the rapid dispersion of technology, and the very skills and platforms necessary for us to meet our critical missions. To keep pace with this environment, we too must learn and evolve in our critical thinking and expand our strategic perspective. Understanding that our 21st century workforce consumes both traditional and digital forms of communication, I am sharing my second Watch, Listen and Learn list


The crew of Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick stands proud facing the crowd of the commissioning ceremony at Coast Guard Base Ketchikan, Alaska, April 12, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios.

Stewards of the Last Frontier

Today, the Coast Guard’s newest fast response cutter, Coast Guard Cutter John F. McCormick, officially entered the fleet. While fast response cutters have been in the fleet since 2012, this marks a significant moment for the Coast Guard’s operations in Alaska and in the region, as McCormick is the first of its class to be stationed in the state and the first on the west coast.


State of the Coast Guard 2017

Last week, Admiral Zukunft held his third State of the Coast Guard Address. He started his remarks with a single word that represents the men and women of our Coast Guard: phenomenal. You – our active, reserve, civil service and auxiliary members – are at the very heart of what has made this an exceptional year for our Coast Guard. You truly are phenomenal.


Polar Star

Adm. Michel: Icebreakers are a national security imperative

The icebreaker-focused briefing served as an opportunity for the Vice Commandant to highlight two heavy icebreakers – the nation’s entire inventory of this strategic asset. Only one is operational, the Polar Star, and Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea, the other heavy icebreaker, reached the end of its serviceable life in 2010 having suffered casualties to two main engines.


Leadership: Watch, Listen, Learn

Last month, the Commandant shared his reading list as a way to encourage continued learning and personal growth. Recognizing your demanding operational schedules, I wanted to complement his reading list with other ways in which you can think about your role as a leader within our Coast Guard. Below are podcasts, TED talks and even a documentary that I have found inspiring and educational. In sharing this list, I encourage you to listen, watch and learn with the hope that the ideas they spark can be woven into your day and help you grow in your own leadership journey.


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Adm. Michel testifies on Coast Guard capabilities in the Arctic

Today, Coast Guard Vice Commandant Adm. Charles Michel appeared before the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee to discuss Coast Guard capabilities in the Arctic. During the hearing, the Vice Commandant highlighted the various operations the Coast Guard performs in the polar regions, including the protection of living and non-living marine resources, economic development, scientific research, pollution response, search and rescue and national defense.


The 2016 State of the Coast Guard Address

On Tuesday, our Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft, shared your story with stakeholders from across the Nation and around the world at his second State of the Coast Guard Address. His remarks showcased you – the 41,000 active duty, 7,000 reserve, 8,500 civilian and 30,000 Auxiliary who are America’s Coast Guard. You are why the Coast Guard is Semper Paratus.


Coast Guardsmen get birthday call from senior leaders

As our service celebrated its 224th birthday yesterday, five servicemembers received a surprise phone call, and one a surprise visit, from the Coast Guard’s most senior leaders. Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zukunft and Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger each recognized three servicemembers who exemplify excellence in mission execution and support at their respective units.


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Refocused, committed, poised for mission success

Behind the helm of a small boat, on the bridge of a cutter or at the controls of an aircraft is a skilled member of the United States Coast Guard. Whether patrolling the high seas or standing watch ashore, Coast Guard men and women are the heart of operations; their diverse talents and backgrounds enable mission success.