The following is a post from Compass, the official blog of the U.S. Coast Guard:
I am proud to announce President Obama’s intent to nominate Vice Adm. 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 Adm. 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 Adm. 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 Adm. 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 Adm. Zukunft will follow another great leader – Adm. Robert Papp Jr. I thank Adm. 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 Adm. Zukunft continue his great work.
Jeh Charles Johnson
Secretary of Homeland Security