Join Guice Offshore as we congratulate Admiral Linda Fagan, the next Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Admiral Linda Fagan will be the first woman to lead a U.S. military service branch and the 27th Commandant in Coast Guard history.
The Change of Command ceremony will take place on Wednesday June 1st, 2022 at 11 a.m. (ET) at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as Admiral Fagan will officially relieve Admiral Karl L. Schultz as Coast Guard Commandant.
- To watch a livestream of the June 1 ceremony, click here.
In a ceremony today, May 31, Admiral Fagan was officially relieved of her duties as Coast Guard Vice Commandant by Vice Admiral Steven D. Poulin in a Change of Watch ceremony.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas said, “I am immensely proud to congratulate Admiral Linda L. Fagan on her historic confirmation as Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. Admiral Fagan is an extraordinary leader, trailblazer, and public servant. Admiral Fagan has served in the Coast Guard for nearly four decades and will be the first woman to serve as its Commandant. She is widely admired as a role model of the utmost integrity. I look forward to working with her as she leads the Coast Guard in its critical mission to protect our nation’s maritime security.
“I thank Admiral Karl Schultz for his distinguished service to our nation and our Department as the 26th Commandant of the Coast Guard. Admiral Schultz has devoted his life to public service, and he has led the Coast Guard to new heights during his extraordinary tenure as its Commandant,” Secretary Mayorkas added.
About U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Linda L. Fagan
In her previous role as the Coast Guard Vice Service Chief and Chief Operating Officer, Admiral Fagan executed the Commandant’s Strategic Intent, managed internal organizational governance and served as the Component Acquisition Executive.
She reported to Coast Guard Headquarters from a tour as the Commander, Pacific Area, and Commander, Coast Guard Defense Force West. Her prior flag assignments include Deputy Commandant for Operations, Policy, and Capability; Commander, First Coast Guard District; and a joint assignment as Deputy Director of Operations for Headquarters, United States Northern Command.
Admiral Fagan has served on all seven continents, from the snows of Ross Island, Antarctica to the heart of Africa, from Tokyo to Geneva, and in many ports along the way. Operational tours include Commander, Sector New York, more than 15 years as a Marine Inspector, and sea duty in USCGC POLAR STAR, a 399-ft. heavy polar icebreaker. Staff assignments include Executive Assistant to the Commandant and Vice Commandant, and Division Chief of the Foreign and Offshore Compliance Office.
Possessing extensive interagency as well as intergovernmental experience, Admiral Fagan has worked with both the International Maritime Organization and International Labor Organization on flag state and port state issues. This work includes the development of the International Ship and Port Security Code (ISPS), and the Consolidated Maritime Labor Convention.
Admiral Fagan holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a Master of Science in Marine Affairs degree from the University of Washington, and a Master in National Resource Strategy degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. She has earned numerous personal and team awards during her 36 years of Coast Guard service. Admiral Fagan is the longest serving active duty Marine Safety Officer, which has earned her the distinction of being the Coast Guard’s first-ever Gold Ancient Trident.
Admiral Fagan has served as the service’s vice commandant since June 2021, when she became the first woman four-star admiral in Coast Guard history.
Earlier in May, the U.S. Senate also confirmed five other significant Coast Guard roles:
- Vice Commandant – Adm. Steven D. Poulin
- Deputy Commandant for Operations – Rear Adm. Peter Gautier
- Commander, District 14 – Rear Adm. Michael H. Day
- Commander, Atlantic Area – Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday
- Commander, Pacific Area – Rear Adm. Andrew J. Tiongson
Previously announced U.S. Coast Guard senior leadership assignments include:
- First District Commander – RADM J.W. Mauger
- Fifth District Commander – RADM (Select) S.N. Gilreath
- Seventh District Commander – RADM (Select) B.C. McPherson
- Eighth District Commander – RADM (Select) R.V. Timme
- Ninth District Commander – RADM M.J. Johnston
- Eleventh District Commander – RADM (Select) A.M. Sugimoto
- Thirteenth District Commander – RADM M.W. Bouboulis
- Seventeenth District Commander – RADM N.A. Moore
For the full list of AY22 flag officer and senior executive service assignments, please see ALCOAST 086/22 (CAC required).
- Change of Command (uscg.mil)
- About Adm. Karl L. Schultz
- About Adm. Linda L. Fagan
- About Vice Adm. Steven D. Poulin
- Adm. Fagan confirmed as next Coast Guard Commandant > United States Coast Guard > My Coast Guard News (uscg.mil)
Learn more about the Coast Guard’s leadership on uscg.mil/Biographies/