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Coast Guard’s 228th Birthday

Coast Guard commandant Adm. Karl Shultz talks about his guiding principles, “Ready, Responsive, Relevant” in a birthday message.


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From the Homefront: How Coast Guard Day is celebrated across the service

August 4th is a special day for the Coast Guard and its members, as well as the families that support them. It is a day to honor the organization’s past and present, along with the men and women who have served and who serve today. It’s a day to spend time with shipmates and the entire Coast Guard family! Here are just some of the ways Coast Guard units and their families celebrate the Coast Guard’s birthday.


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.

Commandant’s Coast Guard Day message – Continued focus on proficiency

Our most valuable asset is our Coast Guard men and women-active, reserve, civilian and auxiliary. As we have for 223 years, Coast Guardsmen continue to rise to every challenge, overcome every hardship, and put service before self.


U.S. Coast Guard cartoon celebrating Coast Guard Day 2013. U.S. Coast Guard cartoon by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Mendenhall.

The Drawing Board: Celebrating 223 years of service

A U.S. Coast Guard cartoon by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Mendenhall recognizing the service’s 223rd birthday.