rss icon Subscribe
desktop mobile

US Coast Guard Welcomes New Vice Commandant

Adm. Charles Ray speaks during the vice commandant change of watch ceremony at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2018. During the event, Ray became the 31st vice commandant of the Coast Guard. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley.

Posted by Joseph Keefe

Adm. Charles D. Michel was relieved as vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard by Adm. Charles W. Ray during a military change-of-watch ceremony held Thursday at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters.
Michel, who also retired from the Coast Guard after 33 years of service to the nation as part of the ceremony, received the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal from the 25th Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Paul F. Zukunft.
"The Coast Guard has given me everything I wanted and more: a world-class education, a profession dedicated to providing salvation to those in peril at sea, patient leadership that had faith in me, and a group of friends and colleagues that have lived our core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty," said Michel. "Thank you, Admiral Zukunft, for placing your trust and confidence in me."
Michel became the 30th vice commandant in August 2015. Then in May 2016, he became the first Coast Guard four-star vice commandant and first four-star judge advocate in the armed services. Michel's leadership and vision were instrumental in building advocacy for the modernization and acquisition program, and he championed the growth and advancement within the Coast Guard cyber program. Additionally, Michel worked diligently with Congress and the administration to achieve funding for delivery of the national security cutter program of record, the acquisition of new fast response cutters, funding for the offshore patrol cutter, and necessary funding to commence acquisition of the nation's first new polar icebreaker in more than 50 years.
Adm. Ray recently served as the deputy commandant of operations where he led the development of Coast Guard operational strategy, policy, guidance and resources to address Coast Guard and national priorities.

"To the men and women of the Coast Guard, you are the world's greatest Coast Guard, and I am truly humbled and honored to serve as your 31st vice commandant," said Ray. "I will dedicate myself to work for you and alongside you to ensure that we are ready to answer the call when our nation needs us."

May 24, 2018

 

Coast Guard

CG Seeks Participants for Straits of Mackinac PAWSA Workshop

USCG Prevention Logo.JPG

The U.S. Coast Guard is soliciting for members of the public to participate in a Ports and

Canada Plans $11.7 Bln Coast Guard Overhaul

(File photo: Heath Moffat Photography, Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said Canada would spend an estimated C$15.7 billion ($11.

Improper Crane Use Caused Crew Death -USCG

Inadequate training and improper shoreside crane operations were found to be the cause of a fatal accident earlier this year in the US Coast Guard buoy yard in Homer, Alaska.

Government Update

U.S. Deploys Troops to Middle East, Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks

The United States on Friday announced the deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East, describing it as an effort to bolster defenses against Iran as it accused the country's

CG Seeks Participants for Straits of Mackinac PAWSA Workshop

The U.S. Coast Guard is soliciting for members of the public to participate in a Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) workshop for the Straits of Mackinac that will take

Bollinger Delivers 34th FRC to Coast Guard

USCGC William Hart (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC William Hart, the 34th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to

Maritime Apps