Admiral Zukunft

Saturday, March 1, 2014

USCGAUX_75_BDear Colleagues,

I am proud to announce President Obama’s intent to nominate Vice Admiral
Paul F. Zukunft as the 25th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Since I became Secretary, I have had the opportunity to get to know Vice
Admiral Zukunft, and if confirmed he will be a great leader for the future
of the Coast Guard. As a 37 year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, he has
demonstrated this leadership while serving in a number of different
capacities, including coordinating federal response to the Deepwater Horizon
Spill. During the response, Vice Admiral Zukunft directed more than 47,000
responders, 6,500 vessels and 120 aircraft as the Coast Guard worked to
respond to and recover from the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

Vice Admiral Zukunft currently commands U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area, and
is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and holds advanced degrees
from the U.S. Naval War College and Webster University.

If confirmed as Commandant, Vice Admiral Zukunft will follow another great
leader – Admiral Robert Papp, Jr. I thank Admiral Papp for his years of
service to the U.S. Coast Guard, to the Department of Homeland Security, and
to this Nation, and I look forward to seeing Vice Admiral Zukunft continue
his great work.

Sincerely,

Jeh Charles Johnson
Secretary of Homeland Security

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