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Commandant’s holiday message

Fran and I extend a heartfelt seasons greetings to our Coast Guard family around the world. We are especially grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of those Coast Guard men and women – and all members of the Armed Forces – who stand the watch. We were honored to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with our men and women stationed at Patrol Forces Southwest Asia and saw firsthand those who place Service before self to accomplish the mission.


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100 days: Q&A

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!


A very real look at suicides in the Coast Guard

According to the latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans aged 10 and over. In 2010 alone, there were 38,364 suicides in the U.S., an average of […]


Shelley Kimball and her family. Photo by Bill Keefrey.

From the Homefront: Year in review

It is hard to believe that a year has passed here at From the Homefront. In our first column, we set our goals – specifically to make sure Coast Guard families’ voices are heard and to start conversations together about what matters in our lives. You honored me resoundingly by sharing your stories and experiences, and by doing so, we have shown thousands of readers what it means to be a Coastie.


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 […]


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Commandant’s Veterans Day message

Veterans Day was established as Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate the Allied victory and honor the heroism of service members killed during World War I. Veterans Day is now a time to remember all those who have answered the call of duty to protect and preserve the promise of this great Nation. For over 223 years, the men and women of the United States Coast Guard have answered the call.


Richard Etheridge, far left, and the Pea Island Life-Saving crew in front of their station, circa 1890. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Creating opportunity through leadership, mentorship and diversity

Shipmates, as we travel through life it is important to have trusted means of navigation to help guide us. Whether it’s family, faith, the Constitution, a mentor or a trusted organization, we all need navigational aids to keep us on track, both at home and with our careers.


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 Independence Day Message – Standing the watch

I am immensely proud of our nation and our Coast Guard. As we gather with our families and friends to celebrate this Fourth of July, let us remember all of those who have served and be thankful for all those who stand the watch today.


Adm Papp conducts an All Hands briefing. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Welcome to Coast Guard All Hands

Coast Guard All Hands will be your blog. Much like the All-Hands sessions I have conducted with thousands of you around the world, it will be a blog focused on two-way communication directly with the Coast Guard workforce along with their families. Via All Hands articles you will be able to learn about the latest policy changes, the expansion of military benefits or get some tips on how to study for the next servicewide exam. In addition, All Hands will provide a forum to weigh in on these issues, offer advice to your shipmates and offer your feedback to senior leadership.


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