Vice Adm. John Currier is thanked by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson during the vice commandant change of watch ceremony at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger (right) became the 29th vice commandant of the Coast Guard during the event. U.S. Coast Guard photo Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Change of Watch: Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard

Today, Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger relieved Vice Adm. John Currier as Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard during a change of watch ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp presided over the ceremony and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also attended.


Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger, deputy commandant for operations, answers questions asked by the crew aboard the Coast Guard cutter Bernard C. Webber. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon-Paul Rios.

President Obama nominates Vice Adm. Peter V. Neffenger as the next Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard has announced President Barack Obama’s nomination of Vice Adm. Peter V. Neffenger, currently deputy commandant for operations, as the next Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. If confirmed, Neffenger would succeed Vice Adm. John P. Currier in a change of watch ceremony later this spring.


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.”