DHS chief: Schultz next USCG commandant


From staff reports

Thursday, March 8, 2018

WASHINGTON — The commander of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area is slated to become the agency’s 26th commandant. 

President Trump nominated Vice Adm. Karl L. Schultz to the Coast Guard’s top post on Thursday, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen said in a press release.

As commander of the Coast Guard's Atlantic Area, Schultz currently serves as the operational commander for all Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf, spanning five Coast Guard Districts and 40 states.

If his appointment is confirmed, he is expected to relieve Admiral Paul F. Zukunft as Coast Guard commandant at a change-of-command ceremony June 1 in Washington, D.C.

"Vice Adm. Schultz will provide the sound leadership and steady hand needed to guide our global military service further into this dynamic and extraordinary era of our nation," said Zukunft, who will retire following the ceremony.

Trump has also nominated Vice Adm. Charles W. Ray, the current deputy commandant for operations, as the Coast Guard's 31st vice commandant.

If he is confirmed, Ray will relieve Adm. Charles D. Michel at a change-of-watch ceremony May 24 in Washington, D.C. Adm. Michel, the Coast Guard's first four-star vice commandant, will retire following the ceremony, the Coast Guard release said.