Vice Adm. Karl Schultz Nominated to be Next Coast Guard Commandant

March 8, 2018 4:50 PM - Updated: March 8, 2018 9:50 PM
Vice Adm. Karl L. Schultz, commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area, speaks at the Coast Guard Cutter Benjamin Dailey commissioning ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. Coast Guard Photo

Vice Adm. Karl Schultz has been nominated to be next commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, announced Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen Thursday afternoon.

Schultz, a native of East Hartford, Conn., and a 1983 Coast Guard Academy graduate currently serves as the commander of the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, where he oversaw the Coast Guard’s response to Hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey in 2017. The Atlantic Area runs all Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the Persian Gulf, spanning across five Coast Guard Districts and 40 states.

Pending confirmation, Schultz is expected to relieve current Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Paul Zukunft on June 1st.

“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,” Zukunft said in a release.

Ben Werner

Ben Werner

Ben Werner is a staff writer for USNI News. He has worked as a freelance writer in Busan, South Korea, and as a staff writer covering education and publicly traded companies for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., Savannah Morning News in Savannah, Ga., and Baltimore Business Journal. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from New York University.

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