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.
During the address, the Commandant spoke about your successes as you apply your indispensable specialties to our mission. He also spoke of the unprecedented rate of recapitalization in our fleet, and importantly, the need to continue investing in you.
The following videos below highlight key themes from this year’s address. I encourage you to watch these videos and discuss them at your unit. The Commandant, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard and I also look forward to discussing these successes and challenges with you directly at all hands across the Nation.
We know the demands on you have never been greater and it is up to us, your senior leadership, to ensure you are properly trained and equipped to carry out your mission. From shore infrastructure to workforce shortages to information technology upgrades – our needs are great. Going forward, we will address these needs with confidence, as the Coast Guard delivers outstanding returns for a relatively nominal investment.
ADM Chuck Michel
Power of the Coast Guard punch