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 the Coast Guard a happy 221st birthday on his blog: From humble beginnings, the United States Coast Guard has emerged as a model within our government and, indeed, around the world. I am so very proud to serve with you and your families who make possible everything their loved ones do for our Nation. The Joint Chiefs and I salute the extraordinary men, women and families of our United States Coast Guard, Reserve and Auxiliary. America is safer and more secure because of you.
The service also received well wishes from Adm. Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations: As the Coast Guard celebrates another year of success and service, we as Americans and members of the sea services face new challenges that will require more from those who go to sea in ships. For your unwavering vigilance and readiness, our citizens owe you a debt of gratitude. For your tradition of excellence, your flexibility to impact events locally and globally and certainly for our close bond as fellow sea farers, know you have the deepest gratitude and respect of Navy men and women everywhere. You remain an inspiration to us all.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz passed on his service’s appreciation for the Coast Guard in a letter to Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Bob Papp: “Congratulations to you and the men and women of the United States Coast Guard as you celebrate 221 years of service to our nation. Through the courage, honor and vigilance that they demonstrate daily in defending our homeland, the men and women of the Coast Guard prove their worthiness of the motto Semper Paratus. “The men and women of the United States Air Force are proud to serve alongside the United States Coast Guard. We salute you and your team and wish you the very best on the Coast Guard’s birthday. May you continue to enjoy great success in the service of a grateful nation.”
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy reached out to Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael P. Leavitt on behalf of Air Force enlisted personnel: “Since 1790, thousands of men and women have stood watch on land, sea and in the air: ever vigilant, protecting our homeland and keeping our maritime resources safe. In a world of violent extremism, scarce resources and rapidly advancing technologies, America’s Coast Guardsmen remain highly motivated, dedicated and ready to answer our nation’s call to protect our country’s borders. On behalf of every Airman, I wish you all the best as you celebrate and look forward to serving alongside you for many years to follow.”
Thank you admirals, general and chief master seargeant for your continuing support of the U.S. Coast Guard, our people and our missions. We are proud to call you Shipmates.