Coast Guard Foundation NYC Event a Success
The Coast Guard Foundation held its 34th Annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard last night in New York City, an event that raised more than $1m for the Foundation that helps Coast Guard families.
The event is a literal 'Who's Who' drawing some of the biggest names in the maritime industry: ship boat owners, ship and boat builders and executives from nearly every walk of the maritime world, including the Commandant of the United State Coast Guard Admiral Paul F. Zukunft.
But while the event is high on star power, the real focus of the event are the working crew heroes of every day Coast Guard Life, honored with the Coast Guard Foundation Award, as well as each and every family that benefits from the good works of the Coast Guard Foundation, which provides education, support and relief programs to benefit Coast Guard members and their families across the country.
Honored last night were two crews: the Crew of Motor Life Boat 47212, Station Humboldt Bay, and the Crew of CG-6515, Air Station San Franciso.
In his keynote comments, Admiral Zukunft was passionate in his desire to secure additional maritime assets in the drive to address the unseen "gorilla in the room", that being the illegal drug trade from Central and South America to U.S. shores. While he said that intelligence has never been better in the identification of drug runners and routes, he lamented that with every marine and air asset employed, they could go after only about 20% of the known targets.
Fighting budget battles on Capitol Hill is never for the squeamish, and it appears that the Commandant is determined to fight hard for the assets needed to accomplish the USCG's multiple missions.
(Pictured is Commandant of the United State Coast Guard Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, courtesy of www.USCG.mil)