Biden Nominates first woman to lead US military branch

President Joe Biden has appointed Admiral Linda Fagan to serve as the next U.S. Coast Guard commander.

If confirmed, Fagan would be the first woman to lead a U.S. military service and lead the Coast Guard.

Fagan is currently serving as No. 2 on the U.S. Coast Guard, a role she has held since June 2021.

Her candidacy will be considered by the Senate Committee on Trade, Science and Transport.

Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democratic senator who chaired the committee, praised Fagan’s candidacy and said it would “inspire generations of American women to fight for the highest level of service in the Armed Forces.”

Cantwell and Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin wrote a letter to Biden Friday calling for the “quick appointment” of the Coast Guard commander, noting that the current commander’s resignation is due May 31.

“Given the time required to confirm the candidacy in the Senate, it is imperative that we receive the official as soon as possible. Ensuring the continuity of leadership is paramount to our national and financial security,” the two senators wrote.

If confirmed, Fagan would become the 27th Commander-in-Chief during a June 1 reshuffle in Washington. Admiral Karl Schultz, the current commander, will retire after the ceremony.

In a Twitter post Tuesday, Republicans told the committee that Biden “has finally appointed an outstanding leader” for the Coast Guard and that it is “important for the Commerce Committee to move forward effectively so that the Coast Guard is not left without a leader.”

Fagan has 36 years of service on the Coast Guard and has served on all seven continents, according to her military biography.

As Deputy Commander of the Coast Guard, Fagan was the first female four-star admiral.

He recently served as commander of the Pacific Coast Guard and also served on the USCGC POLAR STAR icebreaker. Fagan was also the first woman to serve as New York Sector Commander. As the longest serving Maritime Security Officer, he was recognized as the first Golden Ancient Trident of the Coast Guard.

“Admiral Fagan is an outstanding senior Coast Guard officer and a candidate with strong intellect, depth of business experience and perfect leadership and managerial acumen to serve with distinction as the 27th Commander of our Service,” Schultz told .

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorca said Fagan was “a huge leader, a pioneer and a respected civil servant who will lead the Coast Guard in its crucial missions.”

He urged the Senate to confirm Fagan quickly.

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