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Monday, January 22, 2018

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State of the Coast Guard Video Released

The U.S. Coast Guard released video imagery March 4 of Commandant, Adm. Thad Allen delivering his State of the Coast Guard address here at the National Press Club, March 3. In his address, Allen outlined the service's goals and priorities for 2009, and addressed how demand for the Coast Guard has never been higher. As an armed service, Department of Homeland Security component agency, National Intelligence Community member and the Nation's lead representative in the International Maritime Organization…

National Coast Guard Museum: Breaking Ground

Coast Guard Museum ground-breaking: Photo USCG

With Coast Guard Cutter Eagle dressed overall as a backdrop, notables including Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp, broke the ground for construction of the future National Coast Guard Museum. Connecticut Rep. Joe Courtney, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Chris Murphy, City of New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio, Vice President of Cross Sound Ferry Adam Wronowski, Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp dip their shovels into the soil, signifying the beginning of what will be a tremendous physical transformation to the New London waterfront area…

DHS Secretary Visits Coast Guard

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited Coast Guard Headquarters, on Jan. 22, to receive briefings from the service's senior leaders and to tour the Coast Guard's National Command Center. The Coast Guard was the first component agency of the department Napolitano visited following her swearing-in Wednesday as the department's third secretary. Napolitano was greeted by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad. W. Allen and honors were rendered by the Coast Guard's Ceremonial Honor Guard.

CG Commandant Applauds Efforts

Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Thomas H. Collins, gave the State of the Coast Guard address at Bolling Air Force Base's Officers Club Wednesday. In his speech, Adm. Collins talked of the accomplishments of the Men and Women of the Coast Guard. "I salute every member of our Coast Guard for the sacrifice, selfless courage, and professionalism that have been so clearly evident throughout the past year, and especially during the past week." Said Collins.

Coast Guard Commandant Visits Vietnam

Commandant Papp in Vietnam Discussion: Photo credit USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to expand U.S. ties to Vietnam with a visit by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp, who became the first Commandant to visit as part of an official international outreach initiative. Over the past three years, the Coast Guard, in close coordination with the Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, has been helping Vietnam to build their maritime governance capacity by providing training assistance to the Vietnam Marine Police. The VMP is a “Coast Guard-like” maritime law enforcement component within their Ministry of Defense…

CCG-USCG Summit to be Held

The US Coast Guard said that the second annual Canada-U.S. Coast Guard summit is being held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The summit, attended by Canadian Coast Guard Commissioner George Da Pont and US Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen will discuss issues of mutual interest surrounding maritime safety and security matters. Source: HK Law

Coast Guard Commandant Decisions on Appeal

The subscription-based legal research facility Westlaw has added a new database: Coast Guard Commandant Decisions on Appeal. The database consists of the agency's final rulings on matters such as suspension or revocation of merchant mariner licenses and goes back to 1948. For those with access to Westlaw, the database is found under U.S. Federal Materials; Other Administrative & Executive Materials; Administrative Materials Organized by Area of Practice; and then finally Maritime Law. Its address is FMRT-CGCDA. Source: HK Law

Adm. Papp Advises Coast Guard Cadets "Remember the Chief's Mess"

Adm. Bob Papp's address: Photo USCG

At the United States Coast Guard Academy, hundreds of cadets funneled from the bitter January cold into Leamy Hall to hear a personal address from Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp, and this year to hear a different sort of speech. “This year, I don’t have a formal speech prepared for you,” said Adm. Papp. “I thought tonight, rather than talking about lofty ideas and theoretical leadership, I’d talk about some practical matters to consider. Adm. Papp proceeded to take the cadets on a virtual journey through his career…

Coast Guard Photo: Deepwater Horizon Response

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen meets with Rear Adm. Mary Landry, the federal on-scene coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon response, and other local, state and federal members participating in the unified command to discuss leveraging every available resource to respond to the BP oil spill and minimize the associated environmental risks, Saturday, May 1, 2010. Allen will serve as the national incident commander for the Department of Homeland Security's continued, coordinated response. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael De Nyse)

Adm. Papp Continues USCG Arctic Outreach

Anchorage, Alaska Introductions: Photo credit USCG

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp has spent a week in Alaska, underscoring the importance of establishing and maintaining a range of Arctic partnerships. Despite snowfall in the North Slope of Alaska last week and cooler than average temperatures all summer, Arctic sea ice extent tracked well below average again this year. This ongoing transformation of the Arctic Ocean from a solid expanse of inaccessible ice fields into an emerging maritime frontier is attracting increased human activity in U.S. Arctic waters which demands an effective, capable U.S. Coast Guard presence.

US Coast Guard Commandant Delivers 2012 SOCG Address

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp delivered the 2012 State of the Coast Guard Address on Thursday on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, CA. ADM Robert Papp's address was webcast and remarks posted were posted following the event. The State of the Coast Guard Address is an annual speech delivered by the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard to provide a current overview of the service and outline his priorities for the years ahead. According to Papp, this was the first time the State of the Coast Guard address was held outside of Washington, D.C. You can read Papp's remarks by clicking HERE.

Former Coast Guard Commandant Dies

The U.S. Coast Guard today announced the death of Adm. J. William Kime, 72, Coast Guard commandant from 1990 to 1994, who succumbed to cancer earlier this morning. "This is a very sad day for the Coast Guard," said Adm. Thad Allen, commandant of the Coast Guard. "The Coast Guard lost a close member of our family, and America has lost a great leader. In the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Adm. Kime pioneered how the Coast Guard now prevents and responds to oil and hazardous chemical spills, significantly minimizing the environmental damage caused by such spills. "Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Valerie, their children, and the entire Kime family during this very difficult time," Allen said.

Coast Guard, Marine Corps Expand Strength, Ties

The Coast Guard commandant, the commandant of the Marine Corps and a North Carolina congressman will be honored guests at a building dedication Friday at the Coast Guard Port Security Unit Training Detachment (PSU TRADET) located at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. Adm. Thomas H. Collins, Gen. James Jones and Congressman Howard Coble will be on hand to formally dedicate a new building the Marine Corps has leased to PSU TRADET. The building will provide more office space for PSU TRADET personnel along with more classrooms to be used for instruction in the several courses offered at PSU TRADET. PSU TRADET was established in October 1997 to train and standardize Coast Guard port security units for overseas deployment. Recently, PSU TRADET has taken on numerous other responsibilities.

Coast Guard Commandant Delivers Annual SoCG Address

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp delivers State of the Coast Guard Address. U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp delivered the 2013 State of the Coast Guard Address at the National Defense University at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., Wednesday. The Commandant highlighted the Coast Guard’s response to Hurricane Sandy, emphasizing the preparedness of Coast Guard Captains of the Ports working with U.S. Department of Homeland Security components and industry in advance of the storm.

VADM Paul Zukunft Nominated to be 25th U.S. Coast Guard Commandant

Vice Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, nominated as the 25th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Jeh Charles Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, announced on February 28th that Paul F. Zukunft has been nominated by President Obama to be the 25th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. His nomination requires Senate confirmation. Johnson said last Friday, "I am proud to announce President Obama's intent to nominate Vice Admiral Paul F. Zukunft as the 25th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. Since I became Secretary, I have had the opportunity to get to know Vice Admiral Zukunft, and if confirmed he will be a great leader for the future of the Coast Guard. As a 37 year veteran of the U.S.

State of the Coast Guard Address

USCG Commandant Thad Allen

The U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Thad Allen, is scheduled to deliver his State of the Coast Guard address Tuesday, 3:00 p.m., at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th floor, Washington, to outline the Service's goals and priorities for 2009. In this annual address, Allen will outline how even in this era of persistent conflict and with the current global economic situation, the Coast Guard is able to effectively safeguard the nation's maritime safety, security and stewardship needs.

Coast Guard Asked to Address Racial Intolerance

Following the discovery of two nooses placed among the personal effects of a student and officer at the United States Coast Guard Academy, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, called upon Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen to address the full Academy and thoroughly investigate the incidents. The Academy announced that it will be expanding training on race relations following the discovery of the nooses—one found in the bag of an African-American cadet, and the second in the office of a white female officer who led training on race relations in response to the first incident. Congressman Cummings has applauded the training but feels it is not enough.

Coast Guard Commandant Gives State of Coast Guard Speech

In his State of the Coast Guard speech, Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant, US Coast Guard, laid out his vision for how the service would approach the challenges ahead. He noted that it faces a dramatically changed operational environment. In order to be responsive, he plans to establish a unified Operations Command and a single Mission Support Organization. Admiral Allen also released a new Coast Guard Strategy, which has three primary goals: strengthen maritime regimes; increase domain awareness; and enhance operational capabilities. Source: HK Law

USCG to Station Ships in Arctic

USCG Icebreakers:Photo credit USCG

For the first time in history the Coast Guard will be stationing responders at Alaska’s North Slope this summer, when Shell Oil begins drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. said that the Arctic doesn't represent a security threat for at least the next decade, but that the Coast Guard has "a much wider aperture," beyond strictly defense. Papp told the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service that the Arctic has economic, energy and environmental implications for national security.

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Papp Reveals Arctic Strategy

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Bob Papp (file photo)

Uncharted Ice: The U.S. Coast Guard's New Arctic Strategy. U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Bob Papp today revealed the nation's and the Coast Guard's blueprint for Arctic strategy. Long awaited, today's speech at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., given in conjunction with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, lays out the way forward for maritime stakeholders in the Arctic. The 10-year strategy outlines the service’s pursuit of three main objectives: improving awareness…

GAO: Some Coast Guard Duties Suffer

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing which discussed the Coast Guard's move to the Department of Homeland Security. JayEtta Z. Hecker, Director, Physical Infrastructure, U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) testified that USCG levels of effort in some mission areas, such as fisheries enforcement and drug interdiction, have dropped sharply since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Delays in the planned modernization of cutters and other equipment, responsibility for new security-related tasks as directed under the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA)…

U.S. Coast Guard Chief's House Testimonies

Admiral Papp Testifies: Photo USCG

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp testifies before two U.S. House of Representatives sub-committees on the USCG Fiscal Year 2014 budget request. At both hearings the Commandant led his opening statement with a message of condolence to the victims of the terrorism attack in Boston, and described the Coast Guard’s active role in the response. In his written testimony the Commandant stated: “Every day the Coast Guard acts to prevent and respond to an array of threats that, if left unchecked…

Zukunft Delivers State of the Coast Guard Address

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft (USCG photo)

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivered the 2015 State of the Coast Guard Address at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. "Countries in our hemisphere are on the cusp of instability," Zukunft said. "The United States leads the world in oil and gas production. The cyber domain is transforming industries and governments at an astonishing rate. Arctic waters continue to open. The commandant outlined how America's Coast Guard will meet today's challenges while preparing for complexities that remain ahead.

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