To the entire Coast Guard family,
It was an honor and privilege to relieve Adm. Bob Papp Friday and become your 25th Commandant. I am humbled to continue to serve and I am thankful for the confidence and support entrusted to me by the President, Secretary Johnson, the Senate and you.
Adm. Papp served our nation with distinction for 39 years and his work to steady the service, obtain funding for critical acquisitions and improve the quality of life for all Coast Guardsmen was remarkable. It was truly a memorable occasion to celebrate his contributions and I wish Adm. Papp and Linda fair winds and following seas.
Although the Coast Guard will continue to confront future challenges and face uncertainty, we have clarity and confidence in the course that has been set. To help guide the Coast Guard during my tenure as Commandant, I have developed the Commandant’s Direction 2014 document.
I need you to read it and incorporate my guiding principles of Service to Nation, Duty to People, and Commitment to Excellence into your lives as Coast Guardsmen. These are principles that each of you, from our senior leaders to the newest graduates of Cape May, can apply to your own unique role in the Coast Guard.
I’ve included a brief summary of each of these guiding principles to get you started:
Service to Nation
Service to Nation is about placing service above self. It is the common thread that binds us to the nation and to the communities in which we live. Through this service, we provide for the safety, security and stewardship of the nation’s waters by preventing dangerous or illegal activities from occurring, responding effectively to events when they happen, and fostering the resilience essential to safeguard America’s prosperity and security.
Duty to People
Although the Coast Guard relies on cutters, boats, and aircraft to operate in the maritime environment, it is our people who are our most valued asset and deliver truly unique capabilities to the nation. By honoring our duty to people, we are committed to upholding values that advance a professional working environment today and cultivate the workforce of tomorrow.
Commitment to Excellence
Excellence is our standard. The American public knows that when we are called into action, we will respond courageously and effectively. To do this, we must strive to achieve the highest standards of readiness, efficiency and proficiency – we must remain Semper Paratus – Always Ready. In all of our endeavors, we will be committed to excellence and will serve the nation with humility, and with the teamwork, on-scene initiative, and bias for action that are part of our enduring legacy.
Thank you for your Service to Nation, Duty to People, and Commitment to Excellence.
Adm. Paul Zukunft