Homeland chief to speak at Coast Guard Academy

U.S. Coast Guard Cadets take the Oath of Office during commencement at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is scheduled to deliver the keynote address during the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation.

The 133rd commencement takes place Wednesday at the academy in New London. Inclement weather plans call for the graduation ceremony to be held in Leamy Hall Auditorium.

Vice President Joe Biden spoke at last year’s commencement, telling graduating cadets that the nation will increasingly rely on the service for missions including more remote Arctic operations and fighting maritime crime alongside the U.S. Navy.

The Coast Guard Academy, the smallest of the five federal service academies, has about 875 cadets in its four-year program. They graduate as ensigns, or junior officers, with a bachelor of science degree and an obligation to serve five years in the U.S. Coast Guard.

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