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Coast Guard Commandant Linda Fagan: First woman to lead U.S. armed forces branch

    Linda Lee Fagan was born on July 1, 1963, in Columbus, Ohio. She is a United States Coast Guard admiral who will serve as the 27th Commandant of the Coast Guard. In 2021, she became the 32nd (and first woman) Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard’s first female four-star admiral.

    Before this, she was also the Coast Guard Pacific Area Commander. Fagan is also the Coast Guard’s first gold Ancient trident, the longest-serving officer in the maritime security field. In April 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announced the nomination of Linda Lee Fagan as the next Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard. She was confirmed on June 17, 2021, and assumed office on June 18.

    Linda Fagan Coast Guard Commandant

    In April 2022, Fagan’s nomination for Commandant of the Coast Guard was announced, making her the first woman in US history to lead military service. Her nomination was sent to the United States Senate on April 7, 2022, which was confirmed on May 11. She assumed office on June 1, 2022.