From the Commandant: Our Oath

This past May, I presided over a citizenship ceremony at Faneuil Hall, Boston’s historic meeting place where our founders debated issues, argued the merits of public spending, and carried out free elections of leaders – beholden to the people – at a time when that was anything but normal. To this day, Faneuil Hall stands as the “Cradle of Liberty.”


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Leadership in a 21st Century Coast Guard

Over the past few weeks, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft met with Coast Guard members to talk about his leadership principles: know your purpose, standards matter, trust and empower your people, and take decisive action.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft meets with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Camille Nichols, director of the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Erica Schwartz, director of Health, Safety and Work-Life. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Our Duty to People: Building a culture of respect

Each year, the Coast Guard joins in the national recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Over the past several years, we have developed a deeper understanding of what it means to stand up to sexual assault and say, “Not in my Coast Guard!”


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Additional books selected for Commandant’s reading list

At the start of the year, I shared my reading list as a reference for your continued reflection on leadership. In sharing my list, I also asked for your recommendations. After looking through the selections – from leadership case studies of today to history’s best sea stories – I was encouraged by the relevant subject matter you are exploring and I will include the following on my 2016 list.


Lt. Jeremy Rodrigues, a U.S. Coast Guard Reserve member, cradles his newborn son's feet in his hands during their first meeting at the San Diego International Airport, Dec. 12,2012. Rodrigues recently returned after a 7-month deployment to the Middle East with the U.S. Navy's Coastal Riverine Squadron Eleven. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Gawrelli.

From the Commandant: Changes to paid maternity leave policy

The Coast Guard will increase paid maternity leave from six weeks to up to 12 weeks. This welcomed policy change is effective immediately and was carefully orchestrated with our sister Armed Services to ensure our military mothers can welcome the newest members of our Coast Guard family into their homes. Women have proudly served in our Coast Guard since 1978, and this policy change reflects their tremendous Service to Nation and embodies our Duty to People.


2016 Reading List

2016 Commandant’s Reading List

I am pleased to offer my 2016 reading list. Each new year is an opportunity to reflect on past accomplishments and lay out the trackline for future endeavors. As you consider your goals for 2016, expand your professional and leadership horizons with one or more of the following offerings.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Mrs. Fran DeNinno-Zukunft join Coast Guard families stationed overseas for Thanksgiving Dinner. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

From the Commandant: Standing the Watch

For those who can join friends, family and loved ones over the holiday season, Fran and I encourage you to make the most of every moment as we honor those who are on watch tonight, and every night, protecting the freedoms we so enjoy.


Commandant and Ombudsman at Large hold Facebook Q&A

At the start of Military Family Month, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft held a live Facebook Q&A. He was joined by his wife, Fran DeNinno-Zukunft, who serves as one of the Coast Guard’s Ombudsmen at Large, to discuss key issues on the minds of Coast Guard members and their families.


Coast Guard Commandant and Ombudsman at Large to host Facebook Q&A

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft will be holding a live Facebook Q&A on Nov. 2, 2015, at 11 a.m. EDT to commemorate the start of Military Family Month. He’ll be joined by his wife, Fran DeNinno-Zukunft, who serves as one of the Coast Guard’s Ombudsmen at Large, to discuss the Coast Guard workforce and their families – key tenets of the Commandant’s Duty to People initiative.


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From the Commandant: Don’t go it alone

While we thankfully did not lose a Coast Guard member in the line of duty in 2014, we still endured significant losses to our Coast Guard, our families and our communities. Among the most painful were those lost due to suicide. Unfortunately, there is a negative stigma associated with suicide. But they are moms, dads, friends and coworkers. Most of all, they are people who are missed.


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