Camden - Kings Bay Council

Preserve Coast Guard Funding

Those of you who have provided your email address to national Navy League received the other day a Call to Action to help preserve Coast Guard funding in the wake of the president's fiscal 2018 budget proposal which would cut more than 14% from funding for the U.S. Coast Guard.

As the voice of the sea services, the Navy League is doing all it can to get our allies in Congress ready to oppose any such cuts. We need you, as a supporter of the sea services, to take action now, because the Coast Guard needs us now.

Read about the proposed cuts here and here, then use the Navy League's legislative contact system to send a letter to President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, your governor, your Congressman, and your two Senators urging them to oppose such cuts.

On October 4, 2013, during a ceremony recognizing the 10th Anniversary of the commissioning of the U.S. Coast Guard's Maritime Safety & Security Team Kings Bay, I commented that the Coast Guard could rightly be called "the Under Sea Service," not because they operate out of submarines, but because they are historically UNDER-valued, UNDER-appreciated and UNDER-funded."

As we did in 2010, when funding for five different MSST teams - including our St. Marys-based Team - was threatened by budget cuts, it's time to stand up and let our voices be heard. As a military service with 11 statutory missions, including protecting our homeland from threats, a 14% cut in their budget is unacceptable. Speak up for the Coast Guard - they need our voice now more than ever.

Click here to read a March 14, 2016, article titled "Proposed Coast Guard cuts a local concern" in the Brunswick News.

As always, thank you for your support of the Navy League and the men and women of the sea services.