>Happy Birthday Coast Guard

>To the men and women of the 17th Coast Guard District. Happy Birthday! On this day in 1790, the Coast Guard was born. Originally known as the Revenue Cutter Service it was joined by the Lighthouse and Lifesaving Services to become the modern day Coast Guard. Eventually the Bureau of Navigation and Steamship Inspections, the precursor to the Marine Safety Program, was also added to the mix.

Since Alexander Hamilton first wrote, “that a few armed vessels judiciously stationed at the entrance to our ports might at small expense be made useful sentinels of the laws,” the U.S. Coast Guard has grown to become the largest, most useful and arguably the most respected Coast Guard in the world.

There have been many changes in the U.S. Coast Guard since 1790, but what has not changed is the basic human-to-human interface required to accomplish all missions. It is what prompted Hamilton to write to the original Revenue Cutter captains, “they will therefore refrain, with the most guarded circumspection from whatever has the semblance of haughtiness, rudeness or insult.” And it is what makes the U.S. Coast Guard special.

Your interaction with mariners is what makes the Coast Guard highly respected worldwide. Enjoy the day! With the North Star to guide us and the Arctic beckoning, our future remains bright.

Rear Adm. Christopher C. Colvin, Commander, 17th District