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Welcome to the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Public Affairs website!

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Public Affairs provides direct support, advice and counsel to the Atlantic Area Commander, Chief of Staff and Division Chiefs on media interest and reactions regarding Coast Guard activities. Public Affairs also develops and supplements plans for the External Affairs Programs of the Coast Guard with a view toward fostering public and internal knowledge, understanding, confidence and good will respecting the service and its activities.


Geotraces 2015: Down to a science

As the Arctic region continues to open up to development, the data gathered onboard Healy, as well as the Coast Guard’s ability to maintain access and presence in the Arctic, will become ever more essential to understanding how this part of the world works, and how to most responsibly exercise stewardship over the region. - See more at:

Point of Contacts:

LT Scott McBride, Public Affairs Officer, 757-398-6608
PACS Sarah Foster, Public Affairs, 757-398-6521
PA1 Melissa L. Leake, 757-398-6407

Mailing address:

Commander (Ae)
Atlantic Area
U.S. Coast Guard
Federal Building
431 Crawford Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704


Last Modified 1/13/2016