President Joe Biden nominated Adm. Linda L. Fagan to serve as the 27th commandant of the Coast Guard earlier this month. When confirmed, Fagan will become the first woman to serve as Coast Guard commandant.

Fagan currently serves as vice commandant, having assumed the duties on June 18, 2021. The vice commandant is the vice service chief and chief operating officer, responsible for executing the commandant’s strategic intent, managing internal organizational governance, and serving as the component acquisition executive.

Previously, Fagan served as commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area overseeing operations from the Rocky Mountains to the waters off the East Coast of Africa. Fagan is the Coast Guard’s first-ever Gold Ancient Trident, as the officer with the longest service record in the marine safety field.

Pending confirmation, Fagan is expected to relieve the current Coast Guard commandant, Adm. Karl L. Schultz, during a change of command ceremony planned for June 1 in Washington, D.C. Adm. Schultz will retire following the change of command this summer.

“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 Adm. Schultz.