External Affairs is a command function aimed at building and maintaining relationships among the community, elected officials and media. The Fifth District External Affairs program is divided into Governmental Affairs who field formal and informal congressional inquires and elected official visits throughout the district, and Public Affairs who provide coverage of newsworthy command events,  Community Relations, Media Relations for the district. Each of these interdependent outreach efforts are critical to educating the American public about the important work the Coast Guard does for our Nation and our community.

Additionally, the Fifth District External Affairs program provides guidance to units and training for collateral-duty Public Affairs and Governmental Affairs Officers throughout the district.  

To contact the District-Wide after Hours Duty Public Affairs Officer call (757) 295-8435. During office hours call (757) 398-6272 Main Office, (410) 576-2541 PA Detachment Baltimore.  


The Coast Guard Fifth District does not maintain a portrait studio capable of providing command official photographs; however, we do maintain a support relationship with the Navy Public Affairs Support Element (NPASE) at Naval Station Norfolk. 

The NPASE office is manned with Navy MCs, who operate and maintain a professional-permanent studio and provide this service based on scheduled appointment times. Please call (757) 396-3879 or (757) 282-1983 to schedule an appointment or for additional information.


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