The Coast Guard admiral has been approved to be the first woman to lead military service
She will replace Adm. Karl Schultz as Commanding Officer. Schultz, who has served as the Coast Guard’s senior officer since 2018, is scheduled to retire later this month.
Fagan previously served as Deputy Commander for Operations, Policy and Capability and as Deputy Director of Operations with US Northern Command. She has served on every continent and aboard the heavy polar icebreaker USCGC Polar Star.
Fagan is also the Coast Guard‘s first-ever Gold Ancient Trident, an award established in 2016 and given to the longest-serving officer in maritime security.
Biden nominated Fagan for the top job in April.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, whose department includes the Coast Guard, hailed Fagan as an “exceptional choice” to lead the service.
“Within the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security, Admiral Fagan is admired as a model of the highest integrity, and her historic appointment is sure to inspire the next generation of women considering a career in military service,” Mayorkas said. in a report.
The Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees the Coast Guard and its officer promotions, approved his nomination for consideration by the full Senate earlier Wednesday.
The Senate also confirmed Vice Admiral Steven Poulin to become a four-star admiral and succeed Fagan as vice commander.