Last month, I had the honor of giving my first State of the Coast Guard Address in Los Angeles where our tremendous men and women protect our Nation’s maritime interests every day.
Throughout my remarks, I tried to highlight our greatest strength, and the cornerstone of our Readiness, the dedicated men and women of the Coast Guard. As I look to the future, I am tremendously optimistic that our Service will remain strong, adaptive, and resilient to the challenges ahead.
Adm. Russell Waesche was responsible for the expansion of the service and improved the traditional functions of the Coast Guard during his 10 years as commandant. His administration intensified Coast Guard activity in the Great Lakes and added new missions of the Coast Guard including marine safety, icebreaking, and aids-to-navigation. One could say Waesche’s tenure as Coast Guard commandant was the most productive and successful in Coast Guard history; one could say he was the second founder of the Coast Guard.
Adm. Karl Schultz relieved Adm. Paul F. Zukunft commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard during a military change of command ceremony held Friday, June 1, 2018, at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft spoke at the Coast Guard Academy’s annual Commandant Leadership Address discussing dealing with people in positions of authority and influences and perfecting the art of listening.
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft testified on the military branch’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. He highlighted the service’s efforts to combat dangerous transnational organized crime networks and the funding and support of the Coast Guard’s future major cutter fleet to include Offshore Patrol Cutters, Fast Response Cutters, National Security Cutters and the polar icebreaker program.
The world all around us is changing – the dynamic geopolitical environment, the rapid dispersion of technology, and the very skills and platforms necessary for us to meet our critical missions. To keep pace with this environment, we too must learn and evolve in our critical thinking and expand our strategic perspective. Understanding that our 21st century workforce consumes both traditional and digital forms of communication, I am sharing my second Watch, Listen and Learn list
This year offers opportunities for every component to reinforce a culture of excellence and highlight the importance of leadership at all levels. I reflected on my own Leadership Philosophy and selected books to inspire and challenge you to help lead the Coast Guard through this world of accelerating change.
“Fran and I wish each of you – all 88,000 active duty, Reserve, civilian, retired and Auxiliary – a joyous holiday and the very best of New Years.”
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft dines with Coast Guard members assigned to Patrol Forces Southwest Asia during Thanksgiving. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley. Written by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft As families, friends and loved ones join together to give thanks, my wife Fran and I are honored
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft at the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft appeared before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today to discuss Coast Guard Search and Rescue and its response to the