Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft meets with members of Electronics Support Detachment Duty Philadelphia Aug. 3, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

From the Commandant: Building Diversity into the 21st Century Coast Guard

From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, today’s top organizations require people who are proficient, self-motivated, and adaptable to changes in an increasingly globalized world. Recruiting and retaining top talent is a foremost challenge for both the public and private sectors and, in order to remain competitive, our all-volunteer military force must adapt as well.


From the Commandant: Just Reach Out

It was my honor and privilege to talk with Senior Chief Dasher last week. She travels nationwide to talk about how she overcame such a significant crisis in her life. It takes tremendous courage to share her story, and I am grateful for her willingness to use it for the benefit of others.

The Leadership Council

Today, the Coast Guard’s Leadership Council commenced its 9th meeting under the direction of Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft. Formally established 18 years ago, the Leadership Council is the Commandant’s senior-most, formal decision-making and advisory body.

Commandant’s Reading List – The Truth About Employee Engagement

Assuming the role as a Chief was a significant leadership step and I routinely reflected on my prior experiences searching for the traits of a good leader and Chief. As leaders, we always need to introspectively examine our leadership styles and traits. I found one common theme: when shipmates positively impacted each other’s lives, both members walked away feeling valued and engaged.

Happy 226th Birthday Coast Guard!

When he founded the Coast Guard 226 years ago, even a visionary like Alexander Hamilton could have hardly imagined the service we are today. Consistent with our maritime roots, yet evolved to address increasingly complex threats, today’s Coast Guard is a strategically focused force that provides a unique and powerful value to our Nation. I’m proud to see you answer the call on a daily basis.

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell transits Stephens Passage in southeast Alaska. U.S Coast Guard photo by Lt. James "Bobby" Miller.

Commandant’s Reading List – Highliners

When one reads or hears about the Alaskan fishing industry, thoughts go to the reality television programs that show the dangers on the high seas. Visually, the viewer may experience treacherous conditions, frigid waters and killer seas. That’s probably the only way they relate to this industry. William B. McCloskey, Jr. has presented another approach to experience the action, adventure and terror that Mother Nature can unleash at a moment’s notice.

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.”

Commandant’s Reading List Review – Unbroken

Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, is an exemplary book about World War II which will immediately captivate the interest of any reader, history buff or not. This great generation of heroes is now passing on, and with them passes the wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience that comes only from true sacrifice.


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.

Admiral Woodward commanded flagship HMS Hermes leaving for the war April 5, 1982.

Commandant’s Reading List – One Hundred Days: The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander

One Hundred Days covers the British response to Argentina’s invasion of the Falkland Islands on April 2,1982. Many in the Coast Guard today have only a vague recollection of these events as they occurred before their time, in another hemisphere and primarily involved other countries. Despite this, the book provides an absorbing look at a major world event that unfolded with U.S. support. And while the book provides an overview of Sandy Woodward’s rise through the Royal Navy from a young cadet to Admiral, the focus is very much on his role as the Commander Task Group for Operation Corporate in the south Atlantic. Adm. Woodward brings you along with him, demonstrating leadership throughout those one hundred days with excerpts and sketches from his diary.

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