Edited by Stpehen Elliott from Press Release
US Coast Guard VAdm Linda L Fagan was nominated by US President Joe Biden to become the next Vice Commandant of the US Coast Guard.
She serves as the commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area and oversees all US Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the waters off the East Coast of Africa. (editor’s note: This geographc demarcation seems rather peculiar to the casual observer; however, the broad geographic range includes responjoint operations and advisory roles in cooperation with US Allies.)
Fagan also serves as Commander, Defense Force West, providing Coast Guard mission support to the Department of Defense and Combatant Commanders. A 1985 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, Fagan is the Coast Guard’s first-ever Gold Ancient Trident, the officer with the longest service record in the Marine Safety field.
“VAdmFagan is an outstanding leader with 36 years of Coast Guard operations, policy-making, joint service, and interagency experience,” said Adm Karl L Schultz, Commandant of the US Coast Guard. “Throughout her distinguished career, she has been a top performer and a trailblazer. As the Coast Guard’s first female four-star admiral, and President Biden’s nominee to serve as the Coast Guard’s 32nd Vice Commandant, VAdm Fagan will be instrumental in moving the Service forward at a critical juncture in our history”.
Pending confirmation, Fagan is expected to relieve current Vice Commandant of the US Coast Guard Adm Charles W. Ray on June 18.
Snap Shot: Admirable and Distinguished Career
VAdm Fagan assumed command of the Coast Guard Pacific Area in June 2018 where she serves as the operational commander for all US Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the waters off the East Coast of Africa. She concurrently serves as Commander, Defense Force West and provides Coast Guard mission support to the Department of Defense and Combatant Commanders.
The Vice Admiral is the Coast Guard’s first-ever Gold Ancient Trident, as the officer with the longest service record in the Marine Safety Field. As such, she advocates for and advises the Prevention workforce.
She reports to the Pacific Area from her tour as the Deputy Commandant for Operations, Policy, & Capabilities, responsible for establishing operational strategy, policy, capability, and resources to meet national priorities. Prior flag officer assignments were Commander, First Coast Guard District where she oversaw multi-mission operations across New England, and Deputy Director of Operations for Headquarters, United States Northern Command, advising the Commander on mission operations.
VAdm Fagan served on all seven continents, from Ross Island, Antarctica to the Africa, from Japan to Europe, and in many ports along the way. She commanded Sector New York, with responsibility for all Coast Guard missions in the greater New York metropolitan area and as far north as Albany, NY USA. Additional operational assignments include sea duty on board the USCGC Polar Star, and more than 15 years as a Marine Inspector. VAdm Fagan’s staff tours include Executive Assistant to the Commandant and Vice Commandant, and Division Chief of the Foreign and Offshore Compliance Office.
The VAdm has extensive inter-agency as well as inter-governmental experience. She has worked with both the International Maritime Organisation and International Labour Organisation on flag state and port state issues, including the development of the International Ship and Port Security Code (ISPS), and the Consolidated Maritime Labor Convention.
VAdm Fagan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Science from the US Coast Guard Academy, a Master’s Degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington, and a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. She earned numerous personal and team awards during her 38 years of Coast Guard service. Her performance in her duty to country and Constitution embodies the US Coast Guard’s motto: “Semper Paratus” or “Always Ready”.