MSCoE CG and CSM Send: Happy 233rd Birthday, U.S. Coast Guard

By Maj. Gen. Christopher Beck, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, and MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood Command Sgt. Maj. Jorge ArzabalaAugust 2, 2023

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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — On Aug. 4, we recognize the United States Coast Guard’s birthday. For the last 233 years, the men and women of the Coast Guard have been diligently safeguarding coasts and waterways at home and abroad.

In 1790, Congress commissioned the Revenue Cutter Service, a fleet of 10 sailing vessels that patrolled America’s coastline to enforce tariffs and protect the young nation’s revenue. In 1878, the United States Life-Saving Service was founded to provide humanitarian and life-saving efforts for shipwrecked mariners and passengers. On January 28, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson merged these two agencies, and the United Stated Coast Guard was formed. It has contributed to our national security ever since.

The Coast Guard has proudly participated in every major conflict our nation has faced, and they continue to patrol the waterways, keeping our citizens and seafarers safe. Today, they perform missions supporting the homeland, including securing America’s ports, waterways, and coasts; maritime law enforcement; and defense readiness. On an international level, the Coast Guard supports search and rescue, environmental protection, and marine safety operations.

Happy birthday to the United States Coast Guard, we are very proud to serve with you!

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