NEWPORT, R.I. (Jan. 9, 2014) U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, addresses staff, students and faculty during a visit to U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport. Papp, a 1990 NWC graduate and 2010 recipient of the NWC’s Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award, provided a brief history, status and role of the Coast Guard as a maritime governance during his presentation. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl/Released)
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By Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Jan. 10, 2014
NEWPORT, R.I. -- U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Robert J. Papp, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, addressed staff, students and faculty of U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, R.I., during a visit Jan 9.
The Commandant, a 1990 NWC graduate, received the NWC’s Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award in 2010, the same year he received appointment as Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.
“More than any other institution, it’s this institution that really made a difference in my career,” said the Commandant. “This institution opened my mind to the thought process, and I really feel like I thrived here.
"It reenergized me and I think it was one of those major inflection points in my career that made a major difference and ultimately led me to where I am today.”
During his presentation, the Commandant provided a brief history of the Coast Guard and described its maritime governance role.
“The Coast Guard protects those on the sea, protects Americans against threats delivered by the sea, and protects the sea itself,” said the Commandant. “It’s sort of a layman’s explanation of our maritime strategy for safety, security and stewardship.”
As the top U.S. Coast Guard service official, the Commandant is responsible for all world-wide U.S. Coast Guard activities. He oversees 42,000 active duty military and 8,000 civilian full-time employees, 8,000 reserve military part-time employees, and 30,000 civilian auxiliary volunteers.
Edited and posted by Daniel S. Marciniak