(NewsReady.com) – In 1948, President Harry Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act into law, allowing women to become permanent members of the military. It wasn’t until 2013 that women were allowed to serve in front-line combat roles. It’s 2022, and a woman has still not served as the leader of an entire military branch – but that might change soon.
On April 5, President Joe Biden nominated Admiral Linda Fagan as Commandant of the US Coast Guard. If confirmed, she’ll become the first woman to lead a branch of the US military.
I’m honored to nominate Admiral Linda Fagan as Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. Her leadership and integrity are second to none. If confirmed, Adm. Fagan will be the first woman in history to serve as Commandant and the first female service chief.
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 5, 2022
Biden has said he is committed to putting “more qualified women at the highest levels of command” and ensuring female enlistees are able to thrive and succeed throughout their careers with the US military. According to Fox News, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas called Fagan a “tremendous leader, trailblazer, and respected public servant” who will serve the branch well.
Fagan already holds the honor of being the Coast Guard’s first female four-star admiral. She has served in the military branch for 36 years and has been to seven continents. She has also received the Gold Ancient Trident for her role as the longest-serving marine safety officer. If confirmed, she’ll replace Adm. Karl Schultz, who’s all set to retire in May.
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