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The Ever Evolving Role of the United States Coast Guard

September 26

2 p.m. — 3 p.m.  Lectures, Films, & Book Talks


At The Highlands in the lecture room of the Holden -Frost House

The Ever-evolving Role of the United States Coast Guard

By Commander Anthony J. “Tony” Ceraolo, USCG

Maine Maritime Museum’s lecture series Beyond the Breakers is sponsored by The Highlands and explores the heroic service of the United States Coast Guard in Maine and how it has evolved from its two predecessor agencies the U.S. Lighthouse Service and the U.S. Life Saving Service.

Our final presentation of this series, The Ever Evolving Role of the United States Coast Guard, will look at how the role and mission of the Coast Guard has changed over its 200 year history. From safeguarding our Nation’s maritime interests in the heartland, at sea, and around the globe, to protecting the maritime economy, the environment, and defending our maritime borders, and saving those in peril. This history has forged the character and purpose of the Coast Guard as America’s Maritime Guardian — Always Ready for all hazards and all threats. Today the U.S. Coast Guard, with nearly 42,000 men and women on active duty, is a unique force that carries out 11 primary missions in an array of civil and military responsibilities that touch almost every facet of the U.S. maritime environment.  With the rapidly changing pace of our world today, the role of the United States Coast Guard is ever changing.

Join CDR Anthony J. Ceraolo the Coast Guard’s Deputy Commander for Sector Northern New England as he discusses how the role of the Coast Guard evolves and what the future may hold. CDR Ceraolo has his finger on the pulse of these likely changes as his most recent assignment was at the White House where he served on the National Security Council as Director for Maritime Security and Director for Arctic Region Policy.  During his tour he was instrumental in the development of Presidential Policy Directive-18 (an update to the nation’s maritime security policy) and spearheaded the development and promulgation of the President’s National Strategy for the Arctic Region. He has 20 years experience in maritime safety and security operations, with emphasis on maritime law enforcement, and search and rescue. 

This lecture is FREE and will take place at The Highlands in the lecture room of the Holden -Frost House in Topsham. For reservations:  Call 207-725-2650 or 1-888-760-1042 (toll free) and ask for the Welcome Center or e-mail to

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