White House nominates first female USCG four-star admiral


The Biden administration has nominated an admiral to be the first female vice commandant of the Coast Guard.

By Michael McGrady, Maritime Direct Americas & Pacific Correspondent

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has named Coast Guard Vice Adm. Linda Fagan to the role of vice commandant, making her the very first woman ever to achieve a four-star admiral rank in the history of the service, reports The Maritime Executive.

“I am pleased that President Biden has nominated Vice Admiral Linda Fagan to be the Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard,” notes Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in a media statement.

“She is a superb leader who, as the 32nd Vice Commandant, will guide the Coast Guard at a time when its mission of securing our maritime borders, ports, and waterways has never been more important,” Mayorkas said.

Fagan served on all seven continents. She previously held critical command roles along the east coast and other combat commands.

She also served as a deputy director of operations for the US Northern Command headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. She now awaits the confirmation process.

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