Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp at the re-dedication of the newly-restored Coast Guard World War Memorial on its 85th anniversary at Arlington National Cemetery May 23, 2013, in Arlington, Va. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

We are Coast Guardsmen

Four years ago we set the watch and committed ourselves to Steady the Service, Honor our Profession, Strengthen our Partnerships, and Respect our Shipmates. These were not new, but enduring principles that reflected a return to our essential character as a Service and as Coast Guardsmen. There were many people urging me to re-brand our Service: my response was, we have one of the most respected and recognized brands in the world, the United States Coast Guard.


Master Chief Eric L. Johnson relieved Master Chief Mark H. Allen as the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Force in a change of watch ceremony in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Change of Watch: Coast Guard Reserve Force Master Chief

“We Coast Guardsmen find before us unique opportunities to take care of our families, achieve our missions, and leave things better for those who follow. To do so, we must overcome obstacles. We must engage, collaborate, and focus,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Mark H. Allen. “As Colleen and I stand relieved by Master Chief Eric Johnson and his wife Valerie, we reflect on how grateful we are: grateful for our shipmates’ support and perseverance, and grateful for the opportunity to serve alongside countless dedicated Coasties and their families for the past 37 years. While our status has changed, rest assured our interest in and support of their efforts will not wane.”


Officer candidates participate in a Coast Guard history course July 15, 2013, at the Coast Guard Museum located at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. The course allows officer candidates to examine artifacts relevant to the historical periods they are currently studying. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

OCS classes learn to honor our service by the manners of their profession

Co-written by Jennifer Gaudio, Lt. Michael Bell and Eric Alan. “Manners of our profession” demand we honor our history, our heritage and those tough lessons learned from tragedy and perseverance. Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp often speaks […]


Coast Guard and Navy Honor Guard members carry jugs of sea water to the fountains at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., April 12, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Year of the Coast Guard celebrated at the Navy Memorial

Written by Lt. Cmdr. Pride Sanders Continuing a tradition passed down through generations of mariners and navies, the U.S. Navy Memorial’s 23rd Annual Blessing of the Fleets took place on Saturday, April 12, in Washington, D.C., in front of a […]


Cutter Jarvis transiting with amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland.

The Navy and Coast Guard Team: Working together to forge a strong national fleet

In this constrained fiscal environment, we must be good stewards of our resources while continuing to adapt to the changing maritime domain. During the Navy-Coast Guard Staff Talks in June 2013, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert and Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr. signed the National Fleet Policy, which provides direction and guidance for our services to achieve interoperability for 21st century maritime and naval operations. To support this policy, we stood up the National Fleet Board, which we co-chair, to investigate ways in which we can better support one another. Our efforts over the past 10 months have culminated in the first-ever National Fleet Plan.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp presents a Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award to Mrs. Lois Bouton, “The Coast Guard Lady,” at her home in Rogers, Ark. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Adm. Papp presents award to “The Coast Guard Lady”

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp recently presented a Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award to Mrs. Lois Bouton, “The Coast Guard Lady,” at her home in Arkansas.


The Coast Guard Foundation honored seven exceptional Coast Guard spouses from District 8 at a dinner attended my Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp and Mrs. Papp. Photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Foundation.

From the Homefront: Honoring Coast Guard spouses

Spring is a time of renewal so it is only fitting we take this opportunity in the opening days of the season to renew our appreciation for our military spouses. Over the past several weeks, Coast Guard spouses across the country have been honored by a variety of sponsors for their selfless work supporting Coastie families and, in turn, allowing their loved ones to focus on supporting Coast Guard missions.


Coast Guard Reserve seal. U.S. Coast Guard image.

Selection of Coast Guard Reserve Force Master Chief

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp announced Master Chief Petty Officer Eric L. Johnson, a maritime enforcement specialist, as the next Coast Guard Reserve Force Master Chief. Johnson will relieve Master Chief Petty Officer Mark H. Allen during a change […]


This is Our Way

As a ship captain I always enjoyed going up to the bridge to check in with the watchstanders, to scan the horizon and check our progress on the charted course. The State of the Coast Guard Address gives me a similar privilege as Commandant, and yesterday I delivered my fourth and final annual Address in the recently dedicated CDR Raymond J. “Ray” Evans Conference Center in the new Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building.


New London Mayor Daryl Finizio, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and National Coast Guard Museum Foundation Association Chairman James Coleman sign a memorandum of agreement in support of a National Coast Guard Museum in New London Connecticut. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis.

Historic signing is major milestone for National Coast Guard Museum

In a ceremony held yesterday, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp, alongside Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio and James J. Coleman, Chairman of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, signed a Memorandum of Agreement detailing the cooperative relationships and mutual commitments required to establish a National Coast Guard Museum proposed to be built in New London, Conn.


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