united states coast guard

R 161909Z FEB 22
ALCOAST 058/22
SSIC 5360
A. U.S. Coast Guard Regulations 1992, COMDTINST M5000.3B
B. Military Personnel Casualties and Decedent Affairs,
1. It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Admiral
Paul Alexander Yost, Jr., USCG (retired), 18th Commandant of the
Coast Guard, who passed away on Wednesday, 09 February 2022, in
Provo, Utah, at the age of 93.
2. A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Admiral Yost graduated
from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1951. Admiral Yost
earned two Masters Degrees; the first in Mechanical Engineering
from the University of Connecticut in 1959 and, the second in
International Affairs from George Washington University,
Washington, DC in 1964. He also graduated from the Naval War College
in Newport, RI in 1964.
3. His career was comprised of diverse tours ashore and afloat,
including command of Coast Guard Cutter RESOLUTE in San Francisco,
California; combat command of Commander, Task Group 115.3 supporting
Operation Market Time during the Vietnam War; Chief, Bridge Branch,
Aids to Navigation Division; Special Assistant to the Chief Counsel,
Coast Guard Headquarters; Captain of the Port, Seattle; Chief of
Staff and Chief of Operations for the Seventeenth Coast Guard
District in Alaska; and Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary
of the Department of Transportation, and alternate delegate on the
U.S. Law of the Sea Delegation.
4. Promoted to flag rank in October of 1978, his flag assignments
included Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District; Chief of Staff of
Coast Guard Headquarters; and Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area
/ Commander Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic.
5. Admiral Yost served as Commandant from 1986 until his retirement
in 1990. During his tenure as Commandant, Admiral Yost emphasized
three primary mission areas: maritime law enforcement, marine
safety, and defense readiness. During this period there was an
increased emphasis on the military and naval capabilities of our
Service - an example of this was the addition of combat weapons and
sensors to High Endurance Cutters, such as the Close-In Weapons
System (CIWS), which paved the way for them to sail and train with
joint forces throughout the world. The Coast Guard also initiated
a "zero tolerance" policy in 1988, carrying out presidential
direction for the war on drug smuggling. The Service supported the
standup of Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) and increased
its counter-narcotics cooperation with Customs, DoD, DEA,
international law enforcement agencies and foreign military forces.
Admiral Yost oversaw the stand-up of Command, Control,
Communications and Intelligence Centers that enabled closer
interagency cooperation in the interdiction of drug smuggling
operations. At the same time, the Service assumed a greater role
internationally. For example, the Coast Guard established a presence
in the Persian Gulf assisting in the re-flagging of Kuwaiti tankers
during the Iran-Iraq War. There was also increased cooperation with
the Soviet Union regarding pollution response as well as search and
rescue, and the US and USSR signed a joint SAR agreement, ensuring
closer working ties between the Coast Guard and the Soviet Border
Guard. Admiral Yost also oversaw the Coast Guard's response to
several major disasters, including Hurricanes Gilbert and Hugo, the
latter being one of the most devastating hurricanes to hit the US.
Further, the Coast Guard responded to the 1989 Loma Prieta
Earthquake in Northern California. In addition to natural disasters,
the Service responded to significant pollution incidents including
the AMERICAN TRADER oil spill off Southern California and the
EXXON VALDEZ spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Notably, these
events directly resulted in increased Coast Guard responsibilities
for tank vessel regulation and environmental protection, leading to
enactment of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
6. Following his retirement from the Coast Guard in 1990, Admiral
Yost served as President of the Alexandria, Virginia based James
Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation until 2010. He was a member
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served
on the church's Military Relations Committee. In 1992, he received
the Naval Order of the United States' Distinguished Sea Service
7. Admiral Yost was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years,
Janice Kay Worth Yost. He is survived by his five children:
Linda (Mark) Barrand, Chip (Mary Ann), David, Lisa (Peter) Galvin,
and Christopher (Michelle), eleven grandchildren, and nineteen
8. The National Ensign shall be flown at half-mast in Admiral Yost's
honor on all Coast Guard buildings, grounds, and vessels not
underway from sunrise on Thursday, 17 February 2022 until sunset on
Wednesday, 23 February 2022.
9. Details regarding services will be sent via separate message.
10. ADM Karl L. Schultz, Commandant (CCG), sends.
11. Internet release is authorized.