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President Biden Nominates First Woman to Lead U.S. Coast Guard

President Biden Nominates First Woman to Lead U.S. Coast Guard

Throughout his campaign and well into his Presidency–up to and including his remarks on Friday about newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson on the White House’s South Lawn–Joe Biden promised to have a Cabinet and staff that looked like America. That promise continued with the President’s next historic nomination of the first woman to lead a U.S. military branch.

President Biden has tapped Admiral Linda Fagan to be the next Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. Fagan currently serves as the No 2. in the US Coast Guard, a role she’s held since June 2021. Her nomination will be under consideration by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the committee’s chair, praised Admiral Fagan’s nomination and said it will “inspire generations of American women to strive to serve at the highest level in the Armed Forces.” If confirmed, Admiral Fagan would become the 27th Commandant during a change of command ceremony scheduled for June 1st in Washington, DC. Adm. Karl Schultz, the current commandant, will retire after the ceremony.

Admiral Fagan has 36 years of Coast Guard service and has served on all seven continents, according to her military biography. As the Coast Guard’s vice commandant, Fagan was the service’s first female four-star admiral.

Admiral Fagan’s nomination also has strong bipartisan support, with Republicans from the committee tweeting that President Biden has “finally nominated an outstanding leader” for the Coast Guard and that it’s “important for the Commerce Committee to proceed efficiently so the Coast Guard is not left without a leader.”


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