Sexual assault is a crime. Sexual assault is inconsistent with our Core Values and degrades mission readiness. Sexual assault is abhorrent to our Service culture.
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The 2013 Sexual Assault Prevention Council Annual Report documents the dedicated work of the Council in addressing the problem of sexual assault across four cross-cutting themes, as laid out in the U.S Coast Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-2017.
Today marks my 100th day as Commandant. Upon becoming Commandant, I shared my guiding principles – Service to Nation, Duty to People and Commitment to Excellence – and asked each of you to infuse these principles into your unique role in the Service. As I’ve traveled with, and worked alongside, the Vice Commandant and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard over the past 100 days, I have seen firsthand the embodiment of these guiding principles.
But today – while seemingly familiar in sight and sound – was far from typical. Today marks 224 years of exceptional service by the men and women of America’s Coast Guard. It was Aug. 4, 1790, when President George Washington signed an act bringing to life ten cutters “to be employed for the protection of the revenue.” Alexander Hamilton first conceptualized these cutters as a viable asset for the country; at the time, he wrote, “a few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at the entrances of our ports, might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of the laws.”
Social media has changed the way we connect with others, engage in conversations or share our mutual interests. Social media is part of our daily lives. That means social media is part of telling the Coast Guard’s story.
Celebrating the birth of our great Nation, we are reminded of the enduring spirit of America and the brave patriots who have fought for freedom, many of whom have paid the ultimate sacrifice. For more than two centuries, Coast Guard men and women have safeguarded Americans through a common thread that binds us all – Service to Nation.
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.