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.
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Last week, Adm. Zukunft gave his final “State of Coast Guard Address” at the historic National Press Club in Washington, D.C. In his address, Adm. Zukunft used the events of the past year to highlight how each Coast Guard member has garnered public trust through dynamic leadership and a bias for action. The Coast Guard’s
Here is the newest edition of the Paratus Report! This episode covers the Coast Guard’s reduction of general mandated training courses, a new bystander intervention training, and highlights from the Annual State of the Coast Guard!
Last week, Admiral Zukunft held his third State of the Coast Guard Address. He started his remarks with a single word that represents the men and women of our Coast Guard: phenomenal. You – our active, reserve, civil service and auxiliary members – are at the very heart of what has made this an exceptional year for our Coast Guard. You truly are phenomenal.
As Commandant, I am in the business of ensuring the readiness of our force. Of ensuring our men and women are properly trained and equipped to carry out their mission. It is this force, and all that our men and women do, that continually and truly humble me. I could not be more grateful for each of our phenomenal active duty, reserve, civil servant, and auxiliary members.
On Tuesday, our Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft, shared your story with stakeholders from across the Nation and around the world at his second State of the Coast Guard Address. His remarks showcased you – the 41,000 active duty, 7,000 reserve, 8,500 civilian and 30,000 Auxiliary who are America’s Coast Guard. You are why the Coast Guard is Semper Paratus.
Today, the State of the Coast Guard remains Semper Paratus – Always Ready to guard the Homeland, protect our environment, facilitate maritime commerce, save those in peril on the sea and attack transnational organized crime networks that attempt to exploit the maritime domain. Right now Coast Guard women and men are on watch – as they have been for 225 years – serving the Nation’s interests, security and prosperity.
Today I delivered my first State of the Coast Guard Address and outlined how America’s Coast Guard will meet the challenges of today while preparing for complexities that remain ahead. In the face of unparalleled demands on the Service, we must: build the 21st century Coast Guard; defeat transnational organized crime; safeguard maritime commerce; operate in the polar regions; maximize return on investment; and drive out sexual assault.
“Our Way” is proficiency in craft, proficiency in leadership, and disciplined initiative. You will see it among our heroes from that long blue line of Coast Guard men and women who have served our country almost since its inception. You also see it everywhere today, embodied by several special guests who joined me for the Address from throughout our Service. Indeed, important things like proficiency remain the same, despite change.