ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 25, 2021) The U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Maui (WPB 1304) and the Greek navy guided-missile frigate HS Hydra (F452) participate in a passing exercise in the Arabian Gulf, Feb. 25, 2021. U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA) is comprised of six 110-foot cutters, the Maritime Engagement Team, shore-side support personnel, and is the Coast Guard’s largest unit outside of the U.S. playing a key role in supporting Navy security cooperation, maritime security, and maritime infrastructure protection operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Below is an ALCOAST. I have made minor changes to format.

united states coast guard

R 231811Z MAR 21
ALCOAST 112/21
SSIC 5726
A. Coast Guard External Affairs Manual, COMDTINST M5700.13 (series)

1. This ALCOAST announces the U.S. Naval Institute’s Coast Guard Essay contest.

2. Overview. Located at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI), a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization, has provided an open forum for rigorous debate, informed discussion, thought leadership, and professional development for members of the Naval Services since 1873. The vision and mission of the USNI is to give a voice to those who seek the finest Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard by providing an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to global security. USNI is known for its flagship magazine, Proceedings, and a variety of historical and professional books.

3. Summary. The Naval Institute’s Coast Guard Essay Contest is open to all personnel: active duty, reservists, veterans and civilians from any of the nation’s sea services. It provides members
an opportunity to identify areas to make the Coast Guard stronger.

4. The Challenge. What can the U.S. Coast Guard do today to be more effective tomorrow? No subject is too large or too small. All topics are welcome, one might consider: changes required to meet new global missions, barriers preventing the USCG from fully executing its missions and how to remove them, how best to integrate the USCG’s unique authorities, capabilities and partnerships with other sea services, innovative ideas to help make the Coast Guard a more capable and resilient instrument of national security globally, or how to leverage partnerships to more cooperatively defend and secure the homeland.

    a. Eligibility: Open to all contributors – active-duty, military, reservists, veterans and civilians. The essay must be original and not published or being considered for publication elsewhere.

    b. Length: 2,500 words maximum, excluding notes and sources.

    c. Prizes: First prize – $5,000. Second prize – $2,500. Third
prize – $1,500.

    d. Submission Deadline: the deadline for entries is 30 April 2021. Note: essays are submitted directly to USNI and the U.S. Coast Guard plays no role in selecting the winning essays. Applicants must ensure entries conform to Chapter 6, sections (A) through (C) of REF (A). Essays must be original and not previously published or being considered for publication elsewhere.

    e. Additional details: submit the essay as a word document online at: www.usni.org/cgessay by 30 April 2021. Include the word count on the title page, but do not include your name on the title page or within the essay.

    f. The Proceedings staff members will evaluate every essay and screen the top essays to a special Essay Selection Committee of at least six members who will include two members of the Naval Institute’s Editorial Board and four subject matter experts. All essays are judged in the blind; the Proceedings staff members and judges will not know the authors of the essays.

5. Other Essay Contests and Writing Opportunities.

    a. Essay Contests. USNI hosts essay contests throughout the year on a variety of topics including: Coast Guard, Cyber, Enlisted Perspectives, Innovation & Risk, International Navies, Leadership, Marine Corps, Naval History, Naval Intelligence, Naval Mine Warfare, and Naval Postgraduate School Foundation/USNI. For details see: https://www.usni.org/essay-contests.

    b. Other Writing Opportunities. Authors can also submit articles for publication in Proceedings or Naval History magazines, USNI Today (online), and USNI’s Blog (online). For details see:
https://www.usni.org/periodicals/proceedings-magazine/submission- guidelines.

6. POC: LCDR Karen Love Kutkiewicz, USNI Executive Fellow, at (206) 460-3399 or e-mail at kkutkiewicz@usni.org.

7. RDML Scott W. Clendenin, Assistant Commandant for Response Policy (CG-5R), sends.

8. Internet release is authorized.


  1. @YACHTAIDE, re making the Commandant a member of JCS, “Crist’s bill was sent to the U.S. House Armed Services and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committees on Tuesday. So far, Palazzo is the only co-sponsor in the House and there is no companion measure over in the U.S. Senate.”

    Nice to see bipartisan action, but just don’t think its going to happen. Never heard a Commandant express a desire to be full member. He does sit in regularly.

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