In the first town hall of its kind for the service, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft, Vice Commandant Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell conducted a live Facebook Q&A. Hosted on the Commandant’s Facebook page, the Coast Guard’s senior leaders fielded questions from a broad spectrum of Facebook followers – including active duty, reserve and auxiliary members, spouses and members of the Coast Guard community at large.
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On his 100th day as Commandant, Coast Guard Commandant ADM Zukunft invited members of the Coast Guard to submit questions for senior leadership to answer based off what Coast Guard men and women are currently seeing at their unit or the challenges they see for our Service as we confront new and emerging threats. Last week, ADM Zukunft sat with the leadership team to discuss the questions that came in. Click through to read the selected questions and answers!
“Joshua James exhibited a commitment to excellence that permeates the Coast Guard to this day,” said Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger. “He embodied the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty and the guiding principles articulated in our new Commandant’s Direction long before we ever wrote them down.”
As our service celebrated its 224th birthday yesterday, five servicemembers received a surprise phone call, and one a surprise visit, from the Coast Guard’s most senior leaders. Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zukunft and Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger each recognized three servicemembers who exemplify excellence in mission execution and support at their respective units.
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.
Today, Coast Guard Vice Commandant Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger testified on implementing U.S. policy in the Arctic before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. The Vice Commandant led his opening statement by sharing his personal experience with Coast Guard operations in the Arctic; experiences that have shaped his understanding of the service’s role as the nation’s lead federal agency for ensuring maritime safety and security in the region.
Behind the helm of a small boat, on the bridge of a cutter or at the controls of an aircraft is a skilled member of the United States Coast Guard. Whether patrolling the high seas or standing watch ashore, Coast Guard men and women are the heart of operations; their diverse talents and backgrounds enable mission success.
The Coast Guard has announced President Barack Obama’s nomination of Vice Adm. Peter V. Neffenger, currently deputy commandant for operations, as the next Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. If confirmed, Neffenger would succeed Vice Adm. John P. Currier in a change of watch ceremony later this spring.
Coast Guard All Hands sends out a bravo zulu to retired Vice Adm. Brian Salerno on his selection as the next director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. The former Coast Guard deputy commandant for operations will take the helm at BSEE on Monday.