Today, the United States Coast Guard celebrates 220 of service!
“Coast Guardsmen are agile, adaptable and multi-missioned,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr. “Born as revenue cuttermen, lighthouse keepers, steamboat inspectors and surfmen, we have expanded to meet the maritime needs of our nation. As Coast Guard men and women, we share a bond of pride in our rich heritage and a common purpose to uphold our honorable traditions.”
The Coast Guard began its service to America in 1790 within the Treasury Department as the Revenue Marine, later renamed the Revenue Cutter Service. The Revenue Cutter Service joined with the U.S. Lifesaving Service in 1915 to create the Coast Guard. The U.S. Lighthouse Service was added to the U.S. Coast Guard in 1939, followed by the Steamboat Inspection Service in 1946. The Coast Guard transferred from the Treasury Department to the Department of Transportation in 1967 and to the Department of Homeland Security in 2003.
“We are still keepers of the lights, but we also now patrol far more distant waters,” said Papp. “We readily go wherever there are important, difficult and dangerous maritime duties to be performed.” Source
Shown above, Lieutenant John Titchen, Petty Officer 2nd Class Mike Franco, Master Chief Petty Officer Carl Granquist, Petty Officer 2nd Class Bonnie Wysocki, Master Chief Petty Officer Mark Moore, Petty Officer 1st Class Tom Carry, Petty Officer 2nd Class David Tonon, and Petty Officer 1st Class Mike Brennan are celebrating by participating in the Coast Guard Day 5K in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
What are you doing to celebrate?