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DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke's Statement on Celebrating the U.S. Coast Guard's 227 Years of Service

Release Date: 
August 4, 2017

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

This Year’s Theme is “Honoring the Past, Securing the Future”

WASHINGTON— Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke today released the following statement on the United States Coast Guard’s 227th birthday: “Today, Coast Guard men and women stationed around the globe will celebrate 227 years of service by honoring their rich history and looking ahead to a future of dedicated service to our nation.

“The Coast Guard stands ready to protect U.S. security and economic interests whenever and wherever called upon- in our coastal waters, the Arctic region and abroad. Notably, the brave men and women of the Coast Guard operate thousands of miles below our southern border, securing our country from transnational organized criminals, human smugglers and terrorist threats before they reach our shores and harm our citizens.  Their efforts are a critical part of the department's mission to protect the homeland and the American people.

“We are grateful for these extraordinary men and women – active duty, reserve, civilian, and auxiliary – who proudly serve in critical jobs afloat, ashore, and in the air to protect our maritime interests and national security, as well as save lives every day. Thank you for continuing to ensure our nation’s safety, security, and prosperity.”

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Last Published Date: August 4, 2017
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