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Marine Log

February 15, 2007

Allen announces major USCG changes

Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad W. Allen delivered his first State of the Coast Guard Address in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday--and promised some major changes.

Among them:

  • combining the Atlantic and Pacific Area command functions into a single Coast Guard Operations Command

  • making one senior leader responsible for Mission Support --unifying and standardizing maintenance, logistics, human resource, and other support systems across all units and all missions. A new Mission Support Organization "will combine the skills, resources, and talents currently residing within in our Atlantic and Pacific Maintenance and Logistics Commands and Centers of Excellence." It will also "unify the Chief Acquisition Officer, the Deepwater Program Executive Officer, and the Service's Technical Authority, our Chief Engineer, into a single organization focused on life cycle management of our cutters, aircraft, and sensors."

Allen also unveiled a new strategy for meeting the Coast Guard's responsibilities for protecting and preserving America's maritime safety, security and stewardship interests.

The U.S. Coast Guard Strategy for Maritime Safety, Security, and Stewardship describes how the Coast Guard will work to safeguard the nation against all threats, hazards, and challenges in the maritime domain, today and in the future.

You can find links to the full text of the State of the Coast Guard Address and download the strategy document here.