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Command Philosophy

LT. Chris Miller

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Command Philosophy

We Train, Maintain, and Operate to protect America from threats delivered by sea. Remain vigilant to our duty and always seek ways to mitigate risks to our shipmates and the public. Your ability to perform your duties in a safe and proficient manner is not only critical to the success of this station, but to the Coast Guard as well. You should continually strive to honor the service, yourselves, and families both on and off duty. Above all, lever forget that we serve the citizens of the United States and always remember our responsibility to them.

The Coast Guard’s core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty should always be on your mind. In addition to our core values, the below guiding principles shall be adhered to at all times. They are not only my expectations for you; they are what you can expect from me every day:

  • Be Ready. We must prepare ourselves, platforms and equipment to be ready to handle all contingencies at all times. As a multi-mission unit, it is paramount that you take correct, prompt, and decisive action. The spectrum of missions and cases will continually challenge you throughout your career; therefore, always think of ways to most effectively use the resources we have at our disposal. The American public expects that their Coast Guard is “SEMPER PARATUS” regardless of mission complexity or permanence.


  • Be Safe. We cannot protect, nor save those that need us the most if we fail to safeguard ourselves. Everyone is a safety observer regardless of rank or position and therefore should remain keenly aware of what is going on around them at all times. If something unsafe is discovered, report it immediately and follow up to ensure it is corrected.


  • Be Professional. Material condition, professional deportment, military bearing, and uniform appearance all matter! While assigned here, you have Station Channel Islands Harbor and U.S. Coast Guard associated with your name. Never let your actions destroy your honor or tarnish our unit’s and our service’s credibility. Regardless of whom you are dealing with, always treat that person with respect and act in a professional manner.


  • Honesty and ethical behavior is not just desired, it’s expected. Do the right thing even when no one is looking and ALWAYS choose the hard right over the easy wrong. Mistakes are inevitable and perfection is unattainable. We can reduce the probability and severity that errors create by being honest with ourselves and others. If bad things happen, tell me the truth no matter how difficult or uncomfortable it is. Bad news doesn’t get better with time and knowing the truth will allow the command to mitigate any adverse effects of the event.

    As your Commanding Officer, I am wholeheartedly committed to your success. I will constantly strive to ensure you have all the necessary tools to safely & effectively conduct operations for successful mission execution. Know that I depend on each and every one of you every day. Should you find you need something, I am always available to you.

    LT Chris J. Miller
    Commanding Officer
    USCG Station Channel Islands Harbor

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