From the Commandant: Happy Holidays as we close this remarkable year

“Fran and I wish each of you – all 88,000 active duty, Reserve, civilian, retired and Auxiliary – a joyous holiday and the very best of New Years.”


U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist David Lau.

From the Commandant: We Carry the Torch

For more than 241 years, our country has been a beacon of freedom and liberty for all who seek it. As your Commandant, I am grateful to lead our organization; one that serves as both a protector and guarantor of those ideals for nearly 227 years.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft at a Memorial Day observance at the Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters building in Washington, D.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

From the Commandant: Those deserving of our highest honor

Multiple times a year, I visit Arlington National Cemetery Multiple. Every time I walk those hallowed, 624 acres, I am struck by the incredible sacrifices of those many brave souls. And, as I look out at Arlington’s sea of white gravestones, I am hit with the realization that this is not every loss–it is only a small number of those who have served our Nation, many who paid the ultimate sacrifice.


Motorcycle Safety: Share the road this Memorial Day and every day!

As we approach the kick-off to summer, motorcycle safety is something to take a moment to reflect upon – even if you don’t ride a motorcycle. You may not be aware, but the number one cause of fatalities for Coast Guard personnel is motor vehicle and motorcycle mishaps. As we approach the kick-off to summer, motorcycle safety is something to take a moment to reflect upon – even if you don’t ride a motorcycle! Leaders at all levels have a professional and personal responsibility to promote motorcycle safety. Equally important, it is the responsibility of every individual to practice safe behaviors as part of personal risk management when operating a motorcycle. Together we can reduce motorcycle mishaps and safely share the road!


Carbon Monoxide – Know the hazards this holiday season

Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas produced by the burning of any carbon-based fuel. Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can happen at any time of the year, but the risk is increased during the winter when doors and windows stay closed and fireplaces, gas heaters, or other fuel burning appliances are in use. In addition, people can also be exposed to deadly CO levels when “warming up” their cars in garages or keeping them running when stuck in snow. Take a minute to refresh your memory on these tips for how to protect yourself and others from CO poisoning.


Spread Coast Guard cheer everywhere with these printable gift tags

Do you love free holiday printables? Well look no further! These printable gift tags are the perfect addition to your gifts this year to show your Coast Guard pride. We hope this printable spreads Coast Guard cheer everywhere!


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From the Commandant: Best wishes this holiday season

Our Coast Guard is in demand worldwide, and I am inspired when I observe our 88,000 active duty, civilian, reserve, and auxiliary members carrying out or supporting our missions. And, all of us are supported by family and friends who make up our larger Coast Guard family. Many of you will be celebrating with your loved ones this holiday season, and we must also remember those standing the watch in Service to Nation.


Holiday Party Safety: If you choose to drink, drink responsibly

The 5-week stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year’s in the United States is the most dangerous season of the year because there are many parties that place a focus on alcohol. However, as service members, we are responsible for our own readiness. If we choose to drink, we have a duty to do so responsibly. Please take a minute to read this post to ensure you and those around you are safe this holiday season.


CG SUPRT is here for all, and to all a good night

Do you feel like you are on a never-ending cookie baking, tree decorating, present wrapping, holiday party-ing, family tradition-ing rollercoaster? For some this time of year can be fun, but it can also be very overwhelming. Take a pause for few minutes, grab a cup of hot cocoa and read this twist on a favorite holiday poem to learn how CG SUPRT is ready and waiting to listen and assist.


Holiday Safety Message from Health, Safety, and Work-Life

While many of you will be participating in traditional holiday activities, others will continue to carry out Coast Guard missions. Whether you are on leave, traveling, or standing the watch, I urge you to be safe during the holidays. The holiday season is an excellent time to consider conducting unit safety stand-downs. Let’s take a pause and remind ourselves of the hazards associated with an often hectic and rushed period in our lives. Read the full post to learn more about preventing mishaps, managing risk, and properly preparing for your travels.


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