This year’s reading list includes both books I selected and books that were shared with me throughout the year – from discussions with cadets at the Coast Guard Academy to sessions with my leadership team to meetings with key stakeholders. My hope is you will use these selections to remain dedicated to the mission today, while considering what it means to meet the mission into the future.
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Our Coast Guard is in demand worldwide, and I am inspired when I observe our 88,000 active duty, civilian, reserve, and auxiliary members carrying out or supporting our missions. And, all of us are supported by family and friends who make up our larger Coast Guard family. Many of you will be celebrating with your loved ones this holiday season, and we must also remember those standing the watch in Service to Nation.
Fran and I are fortunate to celebrate this Thanksgiving with 200 members of our Coast Guard, including the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Tampa, Port Security Unit 307 and those deployed with Aviation Detachment Guantanamo Bay. Like many American families, the food service specialists here spent time preparing a meal that signifies the blessings our Nation offers – liberty, peace and the bounty of prosperity and opportunity.
On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in 1918, the hostilities of World War I came to an end. What was once known as Armistice Day is now known as Veterans Day serving as a reminder of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who served across the world to protect our freedoms. On this day, we reflect upon the men and women whose service and sacrifice is the foundation for our American way of life – our freedoms, our values, our ideals.
From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, today’s top organizations require people who are proficient, self-motivated, and adaptable to changes in an increasingly globalized world. Recruiting and retaining top talent is a foremost challenge for both the public and private sectors and, in order to remain competitive, our all-volunteer military force must adapt as well.
It was my honor and privilege to talk with Senior Chief Dasher last week. She travels nationwide to talk about how she overcame such a significant crisis in her life. It takes tremendous courage to share her story, and I am grateful for her willingness to use it for the benefit of others.
When he founded the Coast Guard 226 years ago, even a visionary like Alexander Hamilton could have hardly imagined the service we are today. Consistent with our maritime roots, yet evolved to address increasingly complex threats, today’s Coast Guard is a strategically focused force that provides a unique and powerful value to our Nation. I’m proud to see you answer the call on a daily basis.
Today marks 226 years of service by America’s Coast Guard. Building upon our proud history, we are boldly addressing the vast maritime challenges facing our Nation. Strategically focused, we are leading the way into the 21st century. Guided by our suite of regional and functional strategies, we are focused in the Western Hemisphere, and Arctic and on guaranteeing economic security by countering the threats to our maritime infrastructure and cyber networks.
This past May, I presided over a citizenship ceremony at Faneuil Hall, Boston’s historic meeting place where our founders debated issues, argued the merits of public spending, and carried out free elections of leaders – beholden to the people – at a time when that was anything but normal. To this day, Faneuil Hall stands as the “Cradle of Liberty.”
Over the past few weeks, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft met with Coast Guard members to talk about his leadership principles: know your purpose, standards matter, trust and empower your people, and take decisive action.