Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard


Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard
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Admiral Linda L. Fagan, Coast Guard Vice Commandant.jpg
ADM Linda L. Fagan

since June 18, 2021
United States Coast Guard
TypeService vice chief
Reports toCommandant of the Coast Guard
SeatDouglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building, Washington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Constituting instrument14 U.S.C. § 304
First holderBenjamin M. Chiswell

The vice commandant of the Coast Guard serves as the second-in-command of the United States Coast Guard.

Since 1929, 31 officers have served as Vice Commandant, or, as the position was referred to before 1972, Assistant Commandant. The title of the position was changed effective October 2, 1972, pursuant to Pub.L. 92–451. This position has been historically held by a vice admiral until the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 elevated the statutory rank for the position to admiral.

Vice commandants of the Coast Guard

No. Rank Photo Tenure
1 CAPT Benjamin M. Chiswell Benjamin M. Chiswell.jpg 1929–1931
2 RADM Leon C. Covell 1931–1941
3 RADM Lloyd T. Chalker 1941–1946
4 VADM Merlin O'Neill Admiral Merlin O'Neill.jpg 1946–1949
5 RADM Alfred C. Richmond Alfred C Richmond.jpg 1949–1954
6 VADM James Hirshfield JamesHirshfield.png 1954–1962
7 VADM Edwin J. Roland Edwin J Roland.jpg 1962–1962
8 VADM Donald M. Morrison 1962–1964
9 VADM William D. Shields 1964–1966
10 VADM Paul E. Trimble PaulTrimble.jpg 1966–1970
11 VADM Thomas R. Sargent III VADM ThosRSargentIII.jpg 1970–1974
12 VADM Ellis L. Perry VADM Ellis Perry USCG.jpg 1974–1978
13 VADM Robert H. Scarborough VADM R H Scarborough USCG.png 1978–1982
14 VADM Benedict L. Stabile VADM B L Stabile USCG.jpg 1982–1986
15 VADM James C. Irwin James Clarence Irwin USCG VADM.jpg 1986–1988
16 VADM Clyde T. Lusk Clude Lusk VADM USCG.png 1988–1990
17 VADM Martin H. Daniell VADM Daniell USCG.jpg 1990–1992
18 VADM Robert T. Nelson Vadm nelson uscg.jpg 1992–1994
19 VADM Arthur E. Henn VADM Henn 2.jpg 1994–1996
20 VADM Richard D. Herr RichardHerr.jpg 1996–1998
21 VADM James C. Card VADM J C Card USCG.jpeg 1998–2000
22 VADM Thomas H. Collins Admiral Thomas H. Collins, USCG.jpg 2000–2002
23 VADM Thomas J. Barrett TJBarrett USCG.jpg 2002–2004
24 VADM Terry M. Cross Terry m cross.jpg 2004–2006
25 VADM Vivien Crea VADM Vivien Crea official portrait.jpg 2006–2009
26 VADM David Pekoske David P. Pekoske.jpg 2009–2010
27 VADM Sally Brice-O'Hara VADM Brice-OHara.jpg 2010–2012
28 VADM John Currier VADM John P Currier official portrait.jpg 2012–2014
29 VADM Peter Neffenger Vice Admiral Peter V. Neffenger.jpg 2014–2015
30 ADM Charles D. Michel[1] ADM Charles Michel.jpg 2015–2018
31 ADM Charles W. Ray Adm. Charles W. Ray.jpg 2018–2021
32 ADM Linda L. Fagan Admiral Linda L. Fagan, Coast Guard Vice Commandant.jpg 2021–present

See also


  1. ^ Originally a vice admiral when he assumed office on August 6, 2015. Michel was promoted to admiral on May 24, 2016 when the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 elevated the vice commandant's rank to admiral.
  • Vice Commandants of the Coast Guard
  • [1]

External links

  • Vice Commandant's official website