By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
On August 4th, we celebrate the 229th birthday of the United States Coast Guard.
We are grateful for the brave men and women protecting our waterways at home and our maritime interests abroad.
In 1790, Our nation’s oldest continuous seagoing service — the Revenue Cutter Service — was born.
It later merged with marine agencies to form a service dedicated to safety and law enforcement at sea.
Since then, the Coast Guard has had a long and distinguished history, participated in every conflict our nation has seen, and proudly displayed the 43 battle streamers earned in 17 wars and conflicts throughout our military history.
Today, the United States Coast Guard is called upon in situations of stress, danger, and potential destruction to perform 11 homeland and non-homeland security missions, including: law enforcement, search and rescue, and environmental protection.
The men and women of the Coast Guard maintain their vigilance and alertness to save the lives and property of thousands of people along our coastlines each year.
Drawing on their strength and courage, they continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with America’s Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen.
We thank our Coast Guard as they protect and defend Americans every day and remain “Always Ready.”
We are proud to serve with you. Semper Paratus.
Victory starts here — victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)