As of 1 June 2022, Admiral Linda L. Fagan has assumed office as the 27th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. She relieved Commandant Admiral Karl L. Schultz and will serve a term of 4 years.
Fagan previously served as the Vice-Commandant and as the Commander, Pacific Area (among other assignments). Her nomination to lead the service is notable because not only is she the first woman to become Commandant of the Coast Guard, but also the first woman to lead any U.S. military service.
In some ways, I find Fagan’s assumption of the duties of Commandant to be a natural progression in her career. She’s very much a rising star among the flag officers. When I first heard about Fagan’s nomination, I thought that it just seemed natural. As in, “Yeah, that makes sense that she’d become Commandant.” Well, lo and behold, she now is!
For those interested in more of the amazing contributions women have made to the Coast Guard, among some notable “firsts”, I recommend reading John Tilley’s article, A History of Women in the Coast Guard.