CARTERET COUNTY, NC – The county of
Carteret has been recertified as a Coast
Guard Community by the United States
Coast Guard. This is the second time
Carteret County has been designated a
Coast Guard Community. Carteret County
first received the designation in 2015.
“The United States Coast Guard is proud of
our long-standing heritage serving the
wonderful people along the Crystal Coast. Our crews enjoy living and working here and we sincerely thank
Carteret County for being such a welcoming Coast Guard Community,” said Coast Guard Sector North
Carolina Commander, Captain Matt Baer.
A Coast Guard Community is an honorary designation that recognizes communities’ special efforts to
celebrate the service and the sacrifice of the men and women of the Coast Guard. This designation was
established by Congress in 1998. The Commander of the Coast Guard gives the honor with approval from
Congress. A Coast Guard Community Designation is active for five years, at which time it is reevaluated based
on the support rendered since designation.
“This is the highest honor the United States Coast Guard can bestow upon any community,” said Board of
Commissioner Chairman, Ed Wheatly. “Carteret County takes great pride in supporting the efforts of the Coast
Guard members assigned to our area. We are proud of our partnership with the Coast Guard and honored that
the County continues to be recognized as a Coast Guard Community.”
Only 29 cities and communities in the U.S. have qualified for Coast Guard Community status. Only two other
North Carolina communities have been named Coast Guard Communities: Wilmington and Elizabeth City.
Presentation of the re-designation was held during the July 19 Carteret County Board of Commissioners