Biden Nominates First Woman for USCG Commandant 

Admiral Linda Fagan
Admiral Linda Fagan
U.S. Coast Guard Commandant nominee Admiral Linda Fagan. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard.

U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Linda L. Fagan has been nominated by President Joe Biden to lead the USCG as its 27th commandant, and would become the first woman to serve in the leadership role if confirmed. 

“Admiral Fagan is an exceptional senior Coast Guard officer and nominee, possessing the keen intellect, the depth of operational experience, and the well-honed leadership and managerial acumen to serve with distinction as our service’s 27th Commandant,” said current USCG Commandant Admiral Karl L. Schultz, who is set to retire this summer. 

Fagan is currently the 32nd vice commandant, the agency’s vice service chief and chief operating officer overseeing the implementation of the Commandant’s strategic intent, internal organizational governance. 

Before that, she was commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area managing operations from the Rocky Mountains to the waters off the East Coast of Africa. 

Fagan is the USCG’s first-ever Gold Ancient Trident, a distinction given to the officer with the longest service record in the marine safety field, according to the agency. 

By Karen Robes Meeks