Karl L. Schultz, commander of the
U.S. Coast Guard Eleventh District
as guest speaker; Hall of Fame and
Honor Luncheon (see story on
page 62); the Sea Services Panel
Discussion; the Sea Services Awards
Luncheon (see story on page 56);
the Wounded Warrior Reception
aboard the USS Iowa; the Marine
Corps Affairs Committee meeting
featuring Brig. Gen. Vincent A.
Coglianese, commanding general of
Marine Corps Installations-West
and commander of Marine Corps
Base Camp Pendleton; the Annual
Meeting of Members; the election
and installation of officers; and the
closing dinner, for which Schultz
was the keynote speaker.
Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, left, commanding general, Marine Corps Air-Ground
Task Force Training Command, and commanding general, Marine Corps Air Ground
Combat Center, speaks during the Sea Services Panel at the convention June 21.
At his left are fellow panelist Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, acting maritime administrator,
and retired Navy Vice Adm. Gordon Holder, who served as moderator.
Sea Services Panel
This year’s panelists, while outlining
service-specific goals, focused on
how the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy,
Coast Guard and Maritime Administration work together to support
and execute maritime security and
military operations, particularly with the U.S. maritime
strategy putting additional emphasis on the Asia-Pacific
region, what some refer to as a “pivot” to the Pacific.
Retired Navy Vice Adm. Gordon Holder served as moderator for guest panelists Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, acting
maritime administrator; Schultz; Maj. Gen. David H.
Berger, commanding general, Marine Corps Air-Ground
Task Force Training Command, and commanding general,
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center; and Rear Adm.
Patrick D. Hall, commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine.
“As the Department of Defense transitions and pivots
back to the Asia-Pacific region, the Maritime Admini-
stration [MARAD] stands ready to support the armed
services in that effort and, in basic terms, that means by
rapid and reliable sealift options, whether portrayed as
humanitarian assistance or in the event of a national cri-
sis,” Jaenichen said. “Working with our congressional
partners, I am confident we can give the same level of
support in the Pacific theater as we can through our
accomplishments in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
He noted that, going forward, MARAD is focusing
on four strategic goals — cargo, readiness, infrastruc-
ture and advocacy.
“Readiness, of course, is exactly what it sounds
like,” Jaenichen said. “It is our U.S. Merchant Marine
force fleet being ready, willing and able to respond to
strategic sealift requirements whenever they are need-
ed, but readiness requires more than just ships. It
requires a capable U.S. Merchant Marine, and that
includes both skilled labor and support networks that
are available to meet our country’s needs both in times
of conflict and in national emergencies.