The new Coast Guard maritime strategy notes that "maritime safety, security, and stewardship are the enduring roles of the Coast Guard. These roles reflect long-standing responsibilities assigned to the Coast Guard over two centuries of sen ice because they are traditionally governmental, have an essential federal component, and are interrelated such that they can be best accomplished by a single military, multi-mission, maritime force." These words express the perspective of Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen, who took over leadership from Admiral Tom Collins in May.
The Coast Guard's Year
By Joseph DiRenzo III and Chris Doane