Biden celebrates ‘pioneering’ Coast Guard commander
“Now we have to keep working to make sure Admiral Fagan is the first but not the only person,” Biden said. “We need to see more women at the highest levels of command in the Coast Guard and in all services of the armed forces.”
Biden named Fagan the commander in April, and the Senate confirmed her for the role in May.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who chaired the change of command, called Fagan a “pioneer” and recognized the “essential role” of female officers in the Coast Guard throughout more than 230 years of service. service history.
“The women of the Coast Guard helped shape the service and pioneered the role of women in the federal government and the nation,” Mayorkas said. “Now the Coast Guard has its first female commanding officer. Today is a historic day for the United States Coast Guard, a historic day for the United States.
When it was his turn to speak, Fagan thanked Biden for his confidence, Mayorkas for his support and Schultz for his leadership as he “guided this service through historic challenges.” She also said she was “tremendously grateful to the many pioneers who paved the way” for her to become a commander.
“I am proud to be part of this long history of service, dedication and innovation,” Fagan said, “and I am committed to advancing these principles.”