General Messages Weekly Round-up

This week’s message round-up includes award winners and nominations request for the 2017 Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s awards ceremony. Congratulations to all the award recipients!

Presidential Transition Team releases U.S. Coast Guard Overview

Election years bring change over within the administration. In order to ensure continuity of operations and a seamless transition from the current administration to the next through thorough planning, preparation, and collaboration across the Coast Guard and with the Departments, the Coast Guard has created a Presidential Transition Team (PTT) to support the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Presidential Transition Office transition activities. Telling the Coast Guard’s story and how we bring value to the Nation is part of ensuring a seamless transition to the next administration. A “U.S. Coast Guard Overview” booklet and an associated website was developed are now available and can be used in the conduct of various public and external affairs missions throughout the fleet. The links are in this post!

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Department of Homeland Security updates National Terrorism Advisory System

Earlier today, the Department of Homeland Security updated the National Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS, a tool designed to communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the American public. As part of the Coast Guard’s commitment to unit readiness, we are informing you of the change to the NTAS system and providing our readers with the opportunity to add an NTAS widget to your own websites to keep your workforce and neighbors informed of potential threats.

Report of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission

Military commission provides compensation, retirement recommendations to White House, Congress

The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission provided its recommendations to President Barack Obama and Congress Thursday.

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50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

On this day in 1964, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It is considered the most important civil rights legislation in recent history, as it prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

Women's History Month banner featuring a U.S. Coast Guard cartoon by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Mendenhall.

Celebrating women of character, courage and commitment: Cmdr. Laura Collins

“To me, it’s more meaningful than just working to earn a paycheck. I think our service still attracts and keeps people that have an underlying level of character. I remain amazed that I can sit in what seems to be a normal meeting, and then learn on break that the person sitting next to me rescued several people’s lives at sea. That sort of work takes discipline, character and courage. I like serving with those types of people.”

Department of Homeland Security's Stop.Think.Connect. campaign logo

Flat Stanley App now helping kids stay safe online

The Department of Homeland Security’s Stop. Think. Connect. public awareness campaign is joining the Flat Stanley Project to help kids learn about the importance of cybersecurity. By downloading and using the Flat Stanley App, kids will be able to create their own “Flat Stanley” or “Flat Stella” character and send it on a tour of the Internet to learn about staying safe online and helping spread the word about cybersecurity. Kids can also follow “Flat Amber” as she visits DHS and its components to talk to DHS employees who help protect our Nation’s cyber infrastructure.

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.