WASHINGTON DC – Admin. Karl L. Schultz was relieved of his duties as commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard by Adm. Linda L. Fagan at a military change of command ceremony presided over by President Joe Biden Wednesday at Coast Guard Headquarters, according to a Coast Guard news release.
“The men and women of the Coast Guard deserve full credit for what we have accomplished,” Schultz said in the statement. “I am honored to have led the best Coast Guard in the world as a Commanding Officer over the past four years, which has presented unique challenges. Our collective resolve, penchant for action, unparalleled devotion to duty, courage and dogged determination have enhanced the Service’s brand and reputation both at home and abroad.
The announcement states that Fagan is the first woman in the Coast Guard to hold the rank of four-star admiral. She once again made history not only as the first woman to lead the Coast Guard, but also as the first female service chief of any U.S. military service.
Immediately following the change of command, Schultz retired from the Coast Guard after 39 years of service to the Nation, the statement said. He received the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal from Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security.
The release said Schultz became the 26th commander of the U.S. Coast Guard on June 1, 2018. A component of the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard is made up of more than 57,000 active duty civilian and reserve Coast Guardsmen and over 25,000 Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers. Schultz’s leadership raised the Service’s profile here at home and around the world as the Coast Guard experienced an unprecedented signal of demand for its operational capabilities and partnering skills. During his four-year tenure, Schultz championed a compelling “readiness narrative” that increased Service funding levels, enabling a renewed internal focus on the Coast Guard’s total mission-ready workforce. , as well as prolific shipbuilding, the recapitalization of aircraft assets, and a technical revolution.
Fagan assumed the duties of the 27th commander following his service as the 32nd vice commander. As Vice Commander, Fagan served as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for executing the Commander’s strategic intent, managing internal organizational governance, and serving as Director of Acquisition. components.
“The Coast Guard is a more ready, relevant and responsive service thanks to Admiral Schultz’s incredible leadership,” Fagan said in the statement. “I thank Admiral Schultz and Mrs. Dawn Schultz for their selfless service over the past four years and wish them fair winds and following seas.”