Sunday, October 8, 2017

SUNDAY, OCT. 8, 2017
Cape May Convention Hall: 4pm

 "Always Ready: Stories of American Leadership and Unity During Crisis”

  The Coast Guard is the principal Federal agency responsible for maritime safety, security, and environmental stewardship in U.S. ports and waterways. Throughout its history, the Coast Guard has responded to emergent crises and national contingencies in a way that would surprise many.

Presented by Admiral Thad W. Allen, US Coast Guard (retired),  23rd Commandant of the Coast Guard

​Over the arc of its history, the Coast Guard (CG) has been called upon by our Nation’s leadership to address a range of emergent national priorities and crises. Manmade and natural disasters, coupled with the constant need for enforcement of laws and regulations, has challenged the CG.

The spectrum of the CG mission is wide and little understood.  It straddles both the military and law enforcement worlds. The CG is the only federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction in both U.S. waters and on the high seas. The CG enforces U.S. laws and treaties focused on conducting multi-agency counter-drug operations, interdicting illegal migrants and contraband, protecting living marine resources, ensuring maritime homeland security and helping to stem weapons proliferation, among other critical tasks.

Join the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities Lessons of History series as we welcome Admiral Thad Allen USCG (retired), 23rd Commandant of the Coast Guard.  His noteworthy CG career was punctuated by two extraordinary assignments, which are exemplary of the CG motto Semper Paratus (Always Ready).   In 2005, President Bush placed Admiral Allen in charge of Hurricane Katrina onsite search-and-rescue and recovery efforts, due to Allen’s demonstrated leadership capabilities.  Given his reputation for successfully dealing with a National crisis, in 2010, President Obama assigned Admiral Allen as National Incident Commander to take charge of the total Federal government response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

​A Meet the Lecturer reception to follow at the Mainstay Inn

Admission before Labor Day: $35 lecture only, $65 lecture and reception

​Admission after Labor Day: $40 lecture only, $70 lecture and reception

​Teacher's & students $15 both before and after Labor Day

For more information, call 609-884-5404

Upcoming Events

Sat, September 23

Art in the Park Show sponsored by the Cape May County Art League

Rotary Park 10AM - 6PM

Rain date September 24th

Sun, September 24

Raise The Boat - Fundraiser to remove the sunken Nor'easter II

Sponsored by Friends of the Cape May Harbor, an affiliate of Cape May Forum

Sunday, September 24, 6pm at the Corinthian Yacht Club