Rear Adm. John Korn passes on traditional flight gear to Vice Adm. Charles Ray during a change of watch ceremony at Air Station New Orleans. Ray relieved Korn as the Coast Guard's 25th Ancient Albatross. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Carrying on an ‘ancient’ tradition

“I knew a helicopter could take you far, but I never imagined it would take me this far.”


Forward, Engaged, Ready

Our history as a maritime nation is intertwined with the missions of America’s Sea Services – the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. From engaging and defeating adversaries to assisting other nations through humanitarian and disaster relief, our maritime forces have a proud tradition of cooperative partnership.


Students portray greatest single rescue in Coast Guard history

Over the past year a team of students from the University of Alabama have traveled across the nation compiling video and conducting interviews for an upcoming documentary on the U.S. Coast Guard’s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


From the Commandant: Potential lapse in appropriation

By now, you have seen Secretary Johnson’s email regarding the possibility of a lapse in the Department of Homeland Security’s Fiscal Year 2015 appropriation. Should a lapse in appropriation occur this Friday…


2015 Commandant’s Reading List

The New Year marks a time where we collectively look to the future, developing goals and resolutions for the year ahead. In considering what is on the horizon, I encourage you to reflect on leadership. The enduring tenets of leadership, a bias for action and adherence to our Core Values enable us to remain steadfast in accomplishing the mission while serving our nation.


Commandant’s holiday message

Fran and I extend a heartfelt seasons greetings to our Coast Guard family around the world. We are especially grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of those Coast Guard men and women – and all members of the Armed Forces – who stand the watch. We were honored to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with our men and women stationed at Patrol Forces Southwest Asia and saw firsthand those who place Service before self to accomplish the mission.


Meal

Thankful for: Service to Nation

Today, I join our Nation in gathering together with family and loved ones for Thanksgiving dinner. While turkey and stuffing will be served, the sights and sounds will be different from that of many Americans as I spend the holiday with Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in Manama, Bahrain. There is no better place to express my thanks for all those who place Service before self than sitting alongside those defending our country overseas.


Focus on the Western Hemisphere: Unity of Effort – strong partnerships breed success

The U.S. Coast Guard must be in lock-step with our Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Justice, Department of Defense and other interagency and international partners to be successful in “combating networks” – the first priority of the Coast Guard’s Western Hemisphere Strategy. These partnerships were at the forefront as The Interdiction Committee engaged with stakeholders in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Panama, Colombia and Honduras last week.


Colombia

Focus on the Western Hemisphere: A network approach

Federal agencies and international partners are working tirelessly in the United States and abroad to combat Transnational Organized Crime networks. These efforts have been instrumental in eradicating production facilities and controlling the purchase of precursor chemicals used to make drugs; interrupting mobility corridors when illegal narcotics are being moved to stockpile locations; and integrating efforts to disrupt drug shipments and the distribution chain to impact the network itself.


signing

Release of Western Hemisphere Strategy

This morning Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft signed the Coast Guard Western Hemisphere Strategy. It addresses transnational threats and maritime challenges that threaten the security of our Nation, markets and oceans over the next 10 years. The Coast Guard is globally deployed, but our primary operating area remains in the Western Hemisphere. As we engage future challenges we must think strategically to best position our resources to leverage our unique authorities, capabilities and partnerships to achieve national objectives across the range of Coast Guard missions.


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