Commandants Holiday Message

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen issued his Commandants Holiday Message (ALCOAST 706/09) today.  We are reprinting it in it’s entirety.

It is with great pride and gratititude for your service that I send this holiday message to you and your families.  In the past year you responded superbly when called including flooding around the Red River, the Tsunamii in Samoa, The Miracle of the Hudson response to the crash of U.S. Airways flight 1549, and the preparations for the H11N1 influenza pandemic.  You supported operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, Anti-piracy efforts off Somalia, and logged another year of record drug interdiction statistics.  You achieved significant accomplishments in all of our 11 missions.  At the same time we reflect and remember our Guardians of CG 1705 who were lost serving their nation.

Due to the nature of our missions, the sudden deployments, and increased pace of current operations, we are often consumed by the tyranny of the present.  Our Coast Guard is successful becausee of the dedication of our people and that dedication emanates from the strenght of our own families.  The holidays offer an opportunity to reflect upon the most valuable thing in our lives; family and friends.  As you can, please spend some precious down time with your loved ones and be thankful for our blessings at this special time of year.

My father DCC Clyde Allen USCG (RET) and my mother Wilma together with Pam and I wish you a happy, healthy, ad safe holiday season. For those who are deployed or standing the watch over the holidays, thank you for providing your Coast Guard family and all Americans with the confidence that their Coast Guard is always here to protect and ready to rescue.  We also thank your families for their support and sacrifices that allow you to serve.

Thank you and Semper Paratus

Admiral Thad W. Allen, Commandant

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