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Beyond America’s Coastline: A Conversation with Admiral Linda L. Fagan, 27th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard

April 4, 2023 • 9:00 – 9:30 am EDT

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted a virtual Smart Women, Smart Power conversation with Admiral Linda L. Fagan, the 27th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. Admiral Fagan sat down with Dr. Kathleen McInnis, Director of the Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative, for a discussion on the U.S. Coast Guard's growing presence beyond America’s immediate maritime borders, including in the Indo-Pacific and the Arctic. Additionally, the pair will discuss Admiral Fagan’s approach to leadership and recruitment and retention within the force.

Admiral Fagan assumed the duties as the 27th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard on June 1st, 2022, becoming the 1st woman to lead any military branch of the Armed Forces. As Commandant, she oversees all global Coast Guard operations and 42,000 active-duty, 7,000 reserve, and 8,700 civilian personnel, as well as the support of 21,000 Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers. Prior to this role, she served as the 32nd Vice Commandant. Prior flag assignments include Commander, Pacific Area, and Commander, Coast Guard Defense Force West; Deputy Commandant for Operations, Policy, and Capability; Commander, First Coast Guard District; and a joint assignment as Deputy Director of Operations for Headquarters, United States Northern Command.  

Admiral Fagan has served on all seven continents, from the snows of Ross Island, Antarctica to the heart of Africa, from Tokyo to Geneva, and in many ports along the way. Operational tours include Commander, Sector New York, more than 15 years as a Marine Inspector, and sea duty in USCGC POLAR STAR, a 399 ft heavy polar icebreaker. Staff assignments include Executive Assistant to the Commandant and Vice Commandant, and Division Chief of the Foreign and Offshore Compliance Office.

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Contact Information

  • Alexis Day
  • Program Manager, Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative and Outreach Manager, International Security Program
  • aday@csis.org
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Kathleen McInnis
Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Director, Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative