Department of Homeland Security - U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

United States Coast Guard at AFRICOM

USCG Mission

The U.S. Coast Guard is a military, multi-mission, maritime force offering a unique blend of military, law enforcement, humanitarian and regulatory capabilities. These capabilities underpin our three broad roles: maritime safety, maritime security, and maritime stewardship. There are 11 missions that are interwoven within these roles.

Currently, there are eight Coast Guard personnel stationed at Africa Command ranging in rank from Captain to Senior Chief Petty Officer. Personnel assigned here serve in a “detached duty” status, not directly serving the Coast Guard organization, but the missions of Africa Command and its Subordinate Commands.

Coast Guard members are divided among multiple command directorates including, Operations (J3), Special Staff (SJS), Outreach (J9) and Strategy, Plans and Programs (J5). They serve as subject matter experts to the Commander on issues pertaining to Coast Guard maritime law enforcement and Laws of the Sea.  The inclusion of Coast Guard personnel and the opportunity to support Africa Command and the Commander’s mission and desired endstates on the African continent make U.S. Africa Command truly “Joint.”


The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security. Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our Nation's maritime interests and environment around the world. The Coast Guard is an adaptable, responsive military force of maritime professionals whose broad legal authorities, capable assets, geographic diversity and expansive partnerships provide a persistent presence along our rivers, in the ports, littoral regions and on the high seas. Coast Guard presence and impact is local, regional, national and international. These attributes make the Coast Guard a unique instrument of maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship.