Happy Holidays from the Ninth Coast Guard District Staff

Post by Rear Adm. Mike Parks, Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District, directed to the men and women of the Ninth District.      [Click here to view the Ninth District staff holiday card]


Well, shipmates, 2011 is drawing to a close. It was another year of tremendous service on your part to those who live, work and recreate on the great lakes. Across the region, your hard work and dedication have resulted in an increase in lives saved and decrease in lives lost. That equates to more than 400 people who will be able to celebrate the holiday season with their families because of you. Your outreach activities and regular interaction with the boating public serve to continuously educate mariners on safe boating practices, which will lead to even more lives saved.

I truly hope you are able to take advantage of this holiday season and find some time to rest, relax and recharge as you celebrate with friends and family. I realize this can be difficult – time and again, the men and women of the ninth coast guard district prove that, on the great lakes, there is no off-season. You remain always ready to respond to any maritime threat or emergency. For those standing the watch, we thank you for your vigilance in keeping us safe and secure.

With the approach of a new year comes the opportunity for new beginnings. I hope we can use this time to reflect on our personal and professional goals – whether they involve our finances, fitness, education, advancement/promotion or anything else. This is the time to assess the progress we have made toward our goals and make any necessary course corrections to reach them.

Please take care of yourselves, your families and your shipmates this season. With so many people traveling, driving is especially hazardous over the holidays. Do your best to mitigate risk of dangerous situations. The best gift you can give all of us is a safe and rested return to your unit at the conclusion of the holidays.

Shipmates, thank you for being guardians of the great lakes. Cynthia joins me in wishing you a very merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays, from our family to yours. Here’s to wishing you continued success and great joy in 2012.

Semper Paratus!

– RDML Mike Parks, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District