If confirmed, Fagan would be the first woman to lead a US armed service and lead the Coast Guard.
Fagan is currently the U.S. Coast Guard’s No. 2, a role she has held since June 2021.
His nomination will be considered by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington, chair of the committee, welcomed Fagan’s appointment and said she “will inspire generations of American women to strive to serve at the highest level in the armed forces.”
Cantwell and Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin had written to Biden on Friday, calling for the “speedy appointment” of the commander of the Coast Guard while noting that the current commander is due to retire on May 31.
“Given the time required to confirm the Senate appointment, it is imperative that we receive the official as soon as possible. Ensuring continuity of leadership is of the utmost importance to our national and economic security,” the two senators wrote. .
If confirmed, Fagan would become the 27th commander at a change of command ceremony scheduled for June 1 in Washington. Adm. Karl Schultz, the current commanding officer, will retire after the ceremony.
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On Tuesday, committee Republicans said Biden had “finally named an outstanding leader” for the Coast Guard and that it was “important that the Commerce Committee proceed effectively so that the Coast Guard does not end up without a leader.”
Fagan has 36 years of service in the Coast Guard and has served on all seven continents, according to his military biography.
As Vice Commander of the Coast Guard, Fagan was the service’s first female four-star admiral.
She most recently served as Coast Guard Area Commander Pacific and also served on the USCGC icebreaker POLAR STAR. Fagan was also the first woman to serve as the New York sector commander. As the longest serving active duty Marine Security Officer, she was recognized as the Coast Guard’s first Golden Antique Trident.
“Admiral Fagan is a senior officer and outstanding Coast Guard candidate, possessing the keen intellect, depth of operational experience, and the leadership and managerial acumen to serve with distinction as a 27th commander of our service,” Schultz said in a statement.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Fagan was “a tremendous leader, a trailblazer and a respected public servant who will lead the Coast Guard in its critical missions with honor.”
He urged the Senate to quickly confirm Fagan.
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