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.

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.”


From the Commandant: A Celebration of American Independence

July 4th is a celebration of American Independence and an appropriate time to reflect upon our Nation’s proud 239 year history. It is a history forged by the strength of our founders who suppressed tyranny and established a new republic on a bedrock of freedom and prosperity.

Commandant’s Independence Day Message – Service to Nation

Celebrating the birth of our great Nation, we are reminded of the enduring spirit of America and the brave patriots who have fought for freedom, many of whom have paid the ultimate sacrifice. For more than two centuries, Coast Guard men and women have safeguarded Americans through a common thread that binds us all – Service to Nation.

U.S. Coast Guard cartoon by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Mendenhall.

The Drawing Board: Happy birthday, America!

A cartoon by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Mendenhall featuring Uncle Sam celebrating America’s 237th birthday.

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’s Independence Day Message – Standing the watch

I am immensely proud of our nation and our Coast Guard. As we gather with our families and friends to celebrate this Fourth of July, let us remember all of those who have served and be thankful for all those who stand the watch today.

A fireworks show is displayed during OpSail 2012 in Fort Trumbull in New London, Conn., Saturday, July 7, 2012, while the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is moored to a pier. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings.

Celebrate Independence Day safely

Independence Day is a highlight of the summer and for many people there’s a lot of excitement around setting off colorful fireworks and grilling outdoors. As you plan your Fourth of July celebration with family and friends, please consider the following safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration to ensure your holiday weekend is a safe one.