Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown, Coast Guard Pacific Area commander, speaks to the crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet standing in formation during the cutter's decommissioning ceremony Friday, March 11, 2011. The Acushnet was decommissioned after 67 years of service. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn

Bravo zulu, VADM Manson K. Brown!

Coast Guard All Hands sends out a bravo zulu to retired Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown on his selection to be President Barack Obama’s nominee for Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction at the Department of Commerce. In a statement issued by the White House, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Brown, the former U.S. Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Mission Support.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp congratulates Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown during his retirement ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

After 36 years of service, VADM Manson K. Brown retires from active duty

Vice Admiral Brown’s strategic vision translated the Year of the Coast Guard Family into a program of sustained focus under the Family Campaign Plan. The reinvigorated effort improved family housing, access to family services abd innovative support programs. As the Coast Guard Executive Agent for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Vice Admiral Brown concpetualized and implemented a robust campaign to eliminate sexual assault in the Coast Guard. In close coordination with the White House and the Department of Defense, he guided an Executive Council to identify concerns and improve sexual assault prevention and response policies.

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Coast Guard team rides for wounded veterans in Face of America bicycle ride

An active lifestyle is vital for resiliency and longevity, making fitness important to active duty personnel and America’s more than 20 million veterans, particularly those re-establishing active lifestyles after having suffered a traumatic injury or service-connected disability. In support of these veterans, Coast Guard’s cycling group, TEAM Coast Guard 1790, doubled their commitment to World TEAM Sports’ 12th annual Face of America charity bicycle ride, which raises awareness for those who have been disabled while serving their country.