June 30, 2022

Admiral Linda Fagan becomes the first woman to command a branch of the US Armed Forces | United States Army

Admiral Linda L. Fagan will be the first woman to command a branch of the US Armed Forces, serving as the 27th Commandant of the US Coast Guard.

Fagan will command the Coast Guard after being sworn in on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported.

Joe Biden led the congratulations. “Admiral Fagan’s groundbreaking career shows the entry of young people into the services, and we mean what we say: There are no doors — no doors — closed to women,” the president said during a leadership change ceremony at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington. Capital.

“Now we need to keep working to make sure that Admiral Fagan may be the first but not the only… We need to see more women at the highest levels of leadership in the Coast Guard and in every service.”

Fagan has been the second man in command of the Coast Guard since June 2021, and is the first woman to achieve a four-star rank in the branch, According to a US Coast Guard biography.

Fagan has been promoted yet Retired Admiral Karl Schultzwho was nominated by Biden for the top position in April.

Last month, Fagan was The position was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. Vice Admiral Stephen Pauline Fagan will succeed Vice-Admiral after Senate approval.

Fagan graduated in 1985 from the Coast Guard Academy, and was part of the academy’s sixth grade, which includes women.

Fagan later earned two graduate degrees, a Master of Science in Naval Affairs from the University of Washington, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Over the course of her decades long career, Fagan has served on all seven continents and served on the USS Polar Star, an ice-breaking heavy vessel, as the only woman.

Fagan was also the first recipient of the Coast Guard’s Gold Ancient Trident Award in 2016, celebrating her as the longest-serving Navy Safety Officer.

During the ceremony, while talking about her promotion, Fagan thanked her parents for supporting her career in the armed forces.

“I was sixteen, I declared my intent to enter the academy, full of goodness where only a 16-year-old could attend. And like all good parents, they said, ‘Oh, you’ll outsmart him,'” Fagan said as the party guests laughed.

“I didn’t,” Fagan added.