In a ceremony on May 30 at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Admiral Paul F. Zukunft became the 25th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard.
From the Coast Guard Compass:
Zukunft introduced the guiding principles which will frame his direction for the service over the next four years:
Service to the Nation – We will serve our Nation through the selfless performance of our missions.
Duty to People – We will honor our duty to protect those we serve and those who serve with us.
Commitment to Excellence – We will commit ourselves to excellence by supporting and executing our operations in a proficient and professional manner.
As Commandant, Zukunft will lead the largest component of the Department of Homeland Security, comprised of 41,700 active duty, 7,800 reserve and 8,300 civilian personnel as well as more 31,000 volunteer Coast Guard auxiliarists. A 1977 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, Zukunft has commanded six units and served extensively in the cutter fleet where he commanded the cutters Cape Upright, Harriet Lane and Rush. In 2010, Zukunft served as the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon Spill of National Significance where he directed more than 47,000 responders, 6,500 vessels and 120 aircraft during the largest oil spill in U.S. history. A flag officer since 2006, Zukunft most recently served as commander, Pacific Area, and commander, Defense Force West following on tours as commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District, and director, Joint Interagency Task Force West.
Photos by PA2 Patrick Kelley, USCG.
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