Coast Guard Commandant Issues Publication 1

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen released Coast Guard Publication 1,U.S. Coast Guard: America’s Maritime Guardian (Pub 1) today. The following is from the Letter of Promulgation.

For over two centuries the U. S. Coast Guard has safeguarded our Nation’s maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe. We protect the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our
character and purpose as America’s Maritime Guardian—Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.

I am proud to introduce the first revision of Coast Guard Publication 1, U.S. Coast Guard: America’s Maritime Guardian (Pub 1). Since its original printing in 2002, Pub 1 has served as our capstone doctrine. It defines our
principles and culture. It describes our history, our missions, our purpose, and our Guardian Ethos. It communicates who and what the Coast Guard is, what we do, and how we accomplish our missions.

I expect all Coast Guard members to read and become familiar with Pub 1. Embrace the lessons from the past so you can adapt to our dynamic environment and improve our future mission performance. Discuss it with your shipmates and use it as a fundamental building block to educate our newest members just entering the Service. A common understanding of our guiding principles and beliefs will strengthen us as an organization.

For anyone curious about the Coast Guard, this one document will give you a sound understanding of our unique organization and what we offer to our Nation and the world. This document belongs to every member of the Coast Guard family—active duty, reservist, civilian, and auxiliarist. I am confident it will help us meet the maritime challenges of the 21st century.

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