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Linda Fagan approved as first woman to serve as U.S. Coast Guard commandant

By Ashley Williams
Linda Fagan approved as first woman to serve as U.S. Coast Guard commandant
Adm. Linda Fagan, who has served as the Coast Guard’s No. 2 officer since last June, will take over for retiring Adm. Karl Schultz as commandant following the U.S. Senate's confirmation of her promotion on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the United States Coast Guard

May 13 (UPI) -- President Joe Biden has tapped Adm. Linda Fagan as the United States Coast Guard's next commandant -- becoming the first woman set to lead as a top military service officer of the Coast Guard or of any branch.

The Senate unanimously confirmed the promotion of the Coast Guard's four-star admiral on Wednesday following Biden's initial nomination last month.

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"Adm. Fagan's leadership, experience, and integrity are second to none, and I know she will advance the Coast Guard's mission to ensure our nation's maritime safety and security," said Biden in a statement from the White House.

His nomination of Fagan comes amid his administration's continued efforts to increase qualified diverse candidates in senior leadership and command positions across the U.S. military branches.

The president said Fagan's confirmation "signals to women and girls across our nation they have a place in protecting their country at the highest level," according to a White House statement issued Thursday.

Fagan, who has served as the Coast Guard's No. 2 officer since last June, will take over for retiring Adm. Karl Schultz as commandant.

Fagan was also the Coast Guard's first Gold Ancient Trident recipient in 2016.

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The award honors officers and enlisted members for distinguished service in marine safety.

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