Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp presents Bill and Tom Evans with the plaque that will honor their grandfather, Cmdr. Ray Evans, at Coast Guard Headquarters. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo.

Bringing our shipmates together

Earlier this year, the Congress designated our new headquarters the Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building. Today, in a ceremony befitting of the relationship between the two men, the Coast Guard named the conference center at headquarters in honor of Evans.


Department of Justice and U.S. Coast Guard logos

Two men convicted of Federal charges in killing of Coast Guard officer during operation targeting drug smuggling boat

Two Mexican nationals were found guilty today of federal charges related to the death of a Coast Guard officer who was fatally injured in late 2012 when he was thrown from a Coast Guard vessel that was rammed by a “panga” boat operated by defendants.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp pauses at the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn Memorial. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Honor our Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn Shipmates with proficiency

Thirty-four years ago today, the Coast Guard suffered our worst peacetime loss when the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn collided with a tanker, capsized and sank at night in Tampa Bay, Fla. Twenty-three Coast Guardsmen perished in the tragedy. This morning we will observe the manners of our profession by honoring these fallen shipmates at the Blackthorn Memorial in St. Petersburg, Fla.


Mrs. Linda Kapral Papp speaks at a Coast Guard Yellow Ribbon Program breakfast in Seattle May 26, 2011. The Yellow Ribbon Program supports military familiies before, during and after oversees deployments. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

From the Homefront: Mrs. Papp answers your questions

After reading a previous From the Homefront column about concerns Coast Guard families expressed about family life, Linda Kapral Papp agreed to have a conversation about the issues brought forward. She used her years of experience as well as the knowledge gained as the ombudsman-at-large to respond to everything on the list.


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 announces Fiscal Year 2013 financial audit results

I am delighted to announce that we have recently received the 2013 audited Department of Homeland Security annual financial report, and for the first time in our history, the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security have received a clean, unqualified audit opinion. This is a significant milestone for our Service and the Department. A clean opinion indicates that an independent auditor has reviewed our financial statements and found them to be in full compliance with applicable laws and accounting standards. We are the first Armed Service to accomplish this achievement. Well done, shipmates.


Screenshot from a holiday video message from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael P. Leavitt, Mrs. Debbie Leavitt, Mrs. Linda Kapral Papp and Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp. Screenshot is from U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo.

Holiday greetings from the Commandant and Mrs. Papp

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp and Mrs. Linda Kapral Papp send holiday greetings to Coast Guard personnel and their families.


Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp escorts Director of National Intelligence James Clapper into Coast Guard headquarters. The identification badge of one of people in this photo was blurred in accordance with security policy. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Director of National Intelligence visits Coast Guard headquarters

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper visited Coast Guard headquarters on Dec. 3. Clapper met with Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp and Rear Adm. Christopher Tomney, assistant commandant for Intelligence and Criminal Investigations, to discuss the role of Coast Guard Intelligence within the national intelligence community.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp conducts an all hands meeting with members of Patrol Forces Southwest in Bahrain. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis.

Thanksgiving message from the Commandant and Mrs. Papp

Although Linda and I are away from home and our family during our favorite holiday, we will have a proper Thanksgiving dinner with members of our Coast Guard Family who are here with us. Linda and I thank you all for your friendship, hard work and commitment to our Coast Guard. Wherever you might be celebrating, have a Happy Thanksgiving.


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.”


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