Like every other member of the Armed Services, U.S. Coast Guard men and women took an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.” They continue to uphold their promise to the American people. Video narrated by Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Karl Schultz.
Yesterday marked the first time in our nation’s history, that service members in a U.S. Armed Force went without pay.
Yet, our United States Coast Guard, men and women, continue to serve honorably alongside our brothers and sisters in arms around the world.
8,000 miles from American shores, our Coast Guard is clearing a path through Antarctic ice dozens of feet thick to support and protect critical United States interests. As America’s primary naval force provider for the United States Southern Command, our Coast Guard interdicts millions of pounds of drugs off Central and South America destined for the United States.
In the last two years of catastrophic hurricanes spread across seven states and four territories, our Coast Guard saved over 13,000 American lives. Without pay, these proud Coast Guard members and their families now rely on service support organizations and their communities in which they serve for relief.
Like every other member of the Armed Services, Coast Guard men and women took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. They continue to uphold their promise to the American people.
Through adversity, America can sleep well tonight.
The United States Coast Guard has the watch.
Thank you United States Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jetta Disco for the video!