Posted by CDR Glynn Smith on behalf of Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp.
I hope you have enjoyed the two end-of-year series brought to you by the Compass staff.
The “Video of the Year” contest and the recap of the 2010 Guardians of the Week allowed us to share with you examples of the fine service performed by members of the Coast Guard team every day. As we look forward to performing more valuable missions in service to the American public and mariners around the world, we wanted to start a new series to bring you inside our unique and tight knit family.
Those of you who read this blog, receive my e-mails or have heard me speak know I always address my fellow Coast Guard men and women as Shipmates. As I said when I became Commandant, Shipmate is a term of endearment for me. It represents the unique bond that is formed by serving together to perform the Coast Guard’s challenging maritime missions. For me, there is no greater compliment than being called a great Shipmate, and no better goal than to become a good one.
That is why we are changing the Friday feature recognizing exceptional service in the Coast Guard from Guardian of the Week to Shipmate of the Week. Starting this Friday, look for members of the Coast Guard family – active, reserve, civilian, auxiliary, retirees and family members – as well as Coast Guard supporters outside our service, to be featured on Compass as Shipmate of the Week!
I hope that by sharing their stories we can inform you of their important work and that of their shipmates throughout the service. And I hope that in your commitment to maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship, you too will be proud of our shipmates.
Happy New Year and Semper Paratus,
Adm. Bob Papp