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Readout of Secretary Napolitano's Remarks at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Commencement

Release Date: 
May 16, 2012

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today delivered remarks at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s 131st Commencement ceremony, congratulating the 2012 graduating class and highlighting the history of the U.S. Coast Guard.

“Today we face a world of evolving threats, and the qualities you have developed over the last four years at the United States Coast Guard Academy are exactly what our nation needs,” said Secretary Napolitano. “I am confident that all of you are well prepared to excel at whatever comes next, ready to join a long line of leaders in an organization with a rich history.”

During her remarks, Secretary Napolitano underscored the important role the U.S. Coast Guard plays to protect our nation from evolving threats. Members of the U.S. Coast Guard serve as rescuers, protectors, first responders, law enforcement, teachers and public servants operating in 42 ports around the country. Last year, the Coast Guard rescued over 3,800 men and women.

Secretary Napolitano also highlighted the strong leadership and legacy of the U.S. Coast Guard guided by its three core values: honor, respect and devotion to duty. Last year, the U.S. Coast Guard selected Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz to lead the United States Coast Guard Academy—the first woman to ever lead a United States military academy.

For more information, visit www.dhs.gov.

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