I am sharing a post written by Coast Guard Aviator, Capt. Sean M. Cross, that appeared on his Facebook Page. Captain Cross’s Facebook page provides daily stories about Coast Guard aviation history. I have a bit of a personal connection, because his dad, former Vice Commandant, VAdm. Terry M. Cross, USCG (ret.), served with me, on my first active duty station, USCGC McCulloch. Even then, it was clear he was a standout.
Category Archives: Aviation
“Congress Rips Into OMB Over Coast Guard Budget And Unfunded Priorities List” –Forbes
Forbes’ Craig Hooper gives us a look at the Coast Guard’s unfunded priority list for FY2022, with an push to fully fund it, and a suggestion how the Coast Guard and DHS could provide a clearer picture of our funding requirements.
It’s all true, but I would note that, actually having an unfunded priority list, is an improvement. Not many years ago the Coast Guard repeatedly failed to submit an unfunded priority list.
From almost his first day as Commandant, Admiral Schultz has been talking about the infrastructure shortfall. Previously all the emphasis had been on the recapitalization of the Afloat units. The push to replace all H-65s with H-60s is an even more recent initiative.
I suspect, as has happened the last few years, Congress will provide an increase over the Administration request.
Thanks to Paul for bringing this to my attention.
“The Long Blue Line: 100 years ago–Coast Guard opens Air Station #1 at Morehead City”
There is an interesting bit of Coast Guard history over at the Coast Guard Compass web site concerning the Coast Guard’s rocky start in aviation. “The Long Blue Line: 100 years ago–Coast Guard opens Air Station #1 at Morehead City”
I have added a link to this on my “Heritage” page.
What Frustrates Me? –an Apparent Lack of Transparent Long Term Planning
Rant to Follow
Maybe there is a plan, but if there is, it has not been shared with the Congress or the public. Consequently there has been no opportunity to build support for the plan.
Despite direction from Congress to provide a 25 year shipbuilding plan, none has been provided. Is the hold up in the Coast Guard or the Department? Who knows.
Our shipbuilding “Program of Record” (POR) was last baselined in 2005, as part of the defuncted “Deepwater” program. It was based not on need, but on expected funding.
- We sorely need an updated Offshore and Aviation Fleet Mix Plan.
- From this and consideration of other needs we need to develop a 30 year Shipbuilding and Aviation Procurement Plan.
- We need to update these planning tools on a regular basis. We can expect that they will get better with each iteration.