Once a month, Coast Guard All Hands will feature “Dear Coast Guard Family,” a column for Coast Guard families by Coast Guard spouse Rachel Conley. This month, Conley write about 10 things she wishes everyone knew about the Coast Guard.
The 2001 terrorist attacks reshaped the Coast Guard, including new homeland security units, alterations in existing Coast Guard units and the transition to a new federal agency. The service’s response demonstrated its flexibility and relevance in the Coast Guard’s greatest transformation since World War II.
The Coast Guard protects and defends more than 100,000 miles of U.S. coastline and inland waterways, and safeguards an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) encompassing 4.5 million square miles, which is the largest EEZ in the world! View this “Week in the Life” blog to see what Coast Guard members accomplished on Fridays during February.
On Jan. 20, 2017, a new administration will take office. Joining departments and agencies across the federal government, the Coast Guard’s Presidential Transition Team directly supports the department’s Presidential Transition Office through thorough planning, preparation and collaboration across the service and within the department. All transition teams’ responsibilities span a broad spectrum; however, one primary task is to ensure the new administration understands information regarding an organization. Telling the Coast Guard’s story and how we bring value to the Nation is part of ensuring a seamless transition to the next administration. The new “U.S. Coast Guard Overview” and the Overview website provide the most up-to-date information regarding the Coast Guard’s workforce, assets, budget, and missions. View the links in the post!
Election years bring change over within the administration. In order to ensure continuity of operations and a seamless transition from the current administration to the next through thorough planning, preparation, and collaboration across the Coast Guard and with the Departments, the Coast Guard has created a Presidential Transition Team (PTT) to support the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Presidential Transition Office transition activities. Telling the Coast Guard’s story and how we bring value to the Nation is part of ensuring a seamless transition to the next administration. A “U.S. Coast Guard Overview” booklet and an associated website was developed are now available and can be used in the conduct of various public and external affairs missions throughout the fleet. The links are in this post!
Every single day, the dedicated men and women of the Department of Homeland Security safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values. By air, by land, by sea, or in cyberspace, more than 230,000 employees of DHS work every day to keep our nation safe.
The Department of Homeland Security released a statement in honor of 9/11: “This year on September 11th, we pause to remember events that occurred fifteen years ago, events which prompted the formation of this Department. We continue to commemorate 9/11 and, at the same time, move forward.”
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson released a new mission statement in response to a call for input from the men and women of DHS. These words reflect the pillars and priorities of the #OneDHS unified workforce that keeps our homeland secure.
During the annual leadership address at the Coast Guard Academy, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft talked to the Academy’s Corps of Cadets about the current state of the Coast Guard workforce, our close ties to the Department of Homeland Security, and his “view from the bridge.”