Sector North Carolina has oversight of operational Coast Guard missions throughout the entire State of North Carolina. Our primary missions include Search and Rescue, Marine Safety, Ports and Waterways Coastal Security, Marine Environmental Protection, Aids to Navigation, Maritime Law Enforcement, and Recreational Boating Safety.
The State of North Carolina is home to some of the nation’s most diverse aquatic habitats, including 23 species of threatened sea turtles, birds, whales, fish, and sea grasses. North Carolina’s busy waterways boast a robust commercial ferry system, two major international ports, and a commercial fishing fleet of over 9000 vessels. The challenging environment beset by shifting sands, shallow inlets, and the constant threat of hurricanes make North Carolina waterways some of the most difficult to navigate.
Strategic objectives define how we will prioritize and focus our efforts and resources across all missions, lines of business, support functions, and management principles.
Unifying the Sector
We will focus our efforts on overcoming the physical separation of the Sector by leveraging technology (e.g., VTC), coordinating joint activities and engagements that bring the sector staffs together on a regular basis, ensuring routine senior leader presence in Wilmington and Fort Macon, and focusing on a unified, strategic approach to prioritizing operations and supporting activities throughout the Sector and its subunits.
We shall seek appropriate opportunities to expand our partnerships with law enforcement agencies, emergency management authorities, community education resources, public and private port entities, other DHS Components, and DoD entities. We will seek to formalize mutually beneficial agreements, develop joint Concepts of Operation (CONOP), leverage partner agency resources as force multipliers, and maximize participation in stakeholder engagements and information sharing opportunities.
We will prioritize training opportunities including those where cross-qualification benefits support both operational effectiveness and career development. Seek out technology solutions to minimize administrative burdens and improve situational awareness, communications, and operational efficiency and effectiveness. Continuously evaluate our organizational structure to ensure we are aligning the correct resources to the highest priority programs, projects, and operations.
We shall apply exceptional leadership practices in everything we do including maximizing participation in mentorship programs such as the JO/CPO program, engaging in formal and informal counseling sessions, providing accurate and constructive performance reviews, recognizing and reinforcing superior performance through internal and external recognition programs, and exploiting every opportunity to participate in formal leadership training courses offered by the Coast Guard, DHS, and/or our DoD, State, local, and private partners.
Improving Asset and Facility Readiness
We shall seek to improve asset and facility readiness using self-help initiatives and strict compliance with established maintenance procedures across all units and platforms. We shall carefully assess the overall impact of restrictive waivers and leverage the DCMS enterprise and product lines to the maximum benefit of our readiness and the safety and welfare of our crews. We shall carefully assess our funding distribution to ensure adequate resources within our purview are prioritized to improve asset and facility readiness and maximize risk and cost reduction across all of our missions and support functions.
2017 Hurricane Season Memo to Families
2017 Hurricane Family Preparedness Guide
Hazards of North Carolina Coastal Inlets
Sector North Carolina
Wilmington, NC 28451
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