Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown, Coast Guard Pacific Area commander, speaks to the crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet standing in formation during the cutter's decommissioning ceremony Friday, March 11, 2011. The Acushnet was decommissioned after 67 years of service. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn

Bravo zulu, VADM Manson K. Brown!

Coast Guard All Hands sends out a bravo zulu to retired Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown on his selection to be President Barack Obama’s nominee for Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction at the Department of Commerce. In a statement issued by the White House, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Brown, the former U.S. Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Mission Support.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp congratulates Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown during his retirement ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

After 36 years of service, VADM Manson K. Brown retires from active duty

Vice Admiral Brown’s strategic vision translated the Year of the Coast Guard Family into a program of sustained focus under the Family Campaign Plan. The reinvigorated effort improved family housing, access to family services abd innovative support programs. As the Coast Guard Executive Agent for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Vice Admiral Brown concpetualized and implemented a robust campaign to eliminate sexual assault in the Coast Guard. In close coordination with the White House and the Department of Defense, he guided an Executive Council to identify concerns and improve sexual assault prevention and response policies.


U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters logo. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

Responding to the Navy Yard shooting

I fully recognize that this recent incident might increase stress levels within our workforce and I ask each of you to continue to look after each other in caring and compassionate ways. If you sense a concern with yourself or others, I encourage you to seek appropriate help through our work-life programs (1-800-855-CGSUPRT and www.cgsuprt.com) or the Chaplain network.


More than 150 Coast Guard men and women attending the Coast Guard’s inaugural Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Summit. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

No bystanders – Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Summit

“I believe we can eradicate sexual assault from our ranks and I reject the notion that it is the cost of doing business,” said Deputy Commandant for Missions Support Vice Adm. Manson Brown. “We have to believe we can eradicate this problem from our ranks. It has to be the core belief of this campaign. We as leaders, at all levels, need to realize there is a higher expectation for us than for those in the rest of society.”


WASHINGTON — More than 150 Coast Guard men and women attending the Coast Guard’s inaugural Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Summit, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at Andrews, Air Force Base, Md. The two-day summit’s purpose is reflected in its them of, “One team, One Fight – Empowering People, Building Trust, Changing Culture.” The agenda of the summit is designed to address specific findings of focus groups recently completed by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Military Campaign Office. Those focus groups revealed that many personnel don’t believe sexual assault is a problem in the Coast Guard, that personnel often have difficulty understanding the full and legal definition of sexual assault, and that junior personnel don’t fully trust the chain of command when it comes to reporting sexual assault. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Cmdr. Christopher T. O’Neil.

One Team, One Fight – Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Summit

More than 150 Coast Guard men and women are gathered at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., for a two-day summit on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. The purpose of the summit, and the call to action for attendees, is reflected in the summit’s theme, “One Team, One Fight – Empowering People, Building Trust, Changing Culture.”


WASHINGTON — The members of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Military Campaign Office document the office’s establishment with a team portrait, May 30, 2013. Pictured are, from left to right, (back row), Cmdr. Chris O’Neil, Public Affairs Officer, Cmdr. Ben Smith, DOD SAPRO Liaison, Lt. Cmdr. Dan Rogers, Program Analyst, and (front row) Lt. Cmdr. Leanne Lusk, Deputy Director, Shawn Wren, Coast Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program Manager, Master Chief Petty Officer Bobbie Sisto, Senior Enlisted Advisor, Chief Petty Officer Tina Claflin, Project Manager, and Capt. Robert Smith, Director. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tim Tamargo)

Military Campaign Office takes all-hands-on-deck approach to eliminating sexual assaults from Coast Guard

The sexual Assault Prevention and Response Military Campaign Office is a strategically focused office responsible to rapidly operationalize and implement the Coast Guard’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Strategic Plan. The office is responsible for the rapid implementation of near-term strategies that will create the processes, training regimens, measurements, and support system integrity that will best position the service to achieve the ultimate goal of eliminating sexual assault from the service.