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Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on President Biden’s Nomination of Vice Adm. Fagan for USCG Vice Commandant

Release Date: 
April 19, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement on President Biden’s nomination of Vice Adm. Linda L. Fagan to serve as Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.

“I am pleased that President Biden has nominated Vice Admiral Linda Fagan to be the Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard.  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.  If confirmed, Vice Admiral Fagan would serve as the first woman to be promoted to a 4-star rank in the Coast Guard.  We are grateful to Vice Admiral Fagan for continuing her service to country, for the trail she has blazed, and for inspiring us all.”

Vice Adm. Fagan currently serves as the commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area, overseeing all Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the waters off the East Coast of Africa. Fagan concurrently serves as commander, Defense Force West and provides Coast Guard mission support to the Department of Defense and Combatant Commanders. She is a 1985 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and is the Coast Guard’s first-ever Gold Ancient Trident, the officer with the longest service record in the Marine Safety field.

Pending Senate confirmation, Fagan would serve as the first woman to be promoted to a 4-star rank in the U.S. Coast Guard. She would serve as the 32nd Vice Commandant.

Last Published Date: April 19, 2021
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