New Commandant Nominated

Official portrait of U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Paul Zukunft. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Vice Adm. Paul Zukunft. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Coast Guard Compass has just announced that,

“Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced President Obama’s intent to nominate Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, currently Pacific Area commander, to be the next commandant of the United States Coast Guard in an all hands email to DHS personnel.”

You can see the full announcement here.

Here is his official bio:

Vice Admiral Zukunft previously served as the Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship. His other Headquarters flag assignments include the Director of Response Policy and the Assistant Commandant for Capability.

In 2010, Vice Admiral Zukunft served as the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon Spill of National Significance where he directed more than 47,000 responders, 6,500 vessels and 120 aircraft during the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

Vice Admiral Zukunft was promoted to flag rank in 2006 and his previous flag assignments include Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District and Director, Joint Interagency Task Force West.

His senior staff assignments included Chief of Operations, Coast Guard Pacific Area and Chief of Operations Oversight, Coast Guard Atlantic Area where he directly supervised all major cutter oin the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He also served as Chief of Staff, at the Fourteenth Coast Guard Districin Honolulu.

Vice Admiral Zukunft has commanded six units and served extensively in the cutter fleet where he commanded the cutters CAPE UPRIGHT, HARRIET LANE, and RUSH.

Vice Admiral Zukunft graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1977 with a Bachelor of Scdegree in Government; from Webster University in 1988 with a Master of Arts degree in Managemand from the U.S. Naval War College in 1997 with a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He is a graduate of the Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies Executive Seminar and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Course.

Vice Admiral Zukunft is a native of North Branford, Connecticut. He wears the permanent Cutterman pin and is a certified NIMS ICS Type I Area Commander. His personal awards include the Department of Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit and five Meritorious Service medals with “O” device among others.

12 thoughts on “New Commandant Nominated

  1. Added this as a late addition to the post.

    Here is his official bio:
    Vice Admiral Zukunft previously served as the Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship. His other Headquarters flag assignments include the Director of Response Policy and the Assistant Commandant for Capability.
    In 2010, Vice Admiral Zukunft served as the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon Spill of National Significance where he directed more than 47,000 responders, 6,500 vessels and 120 aircraft during the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
    Vice Admiral Zukunft was promoted to flag rank in 2006 and his previous flag assignments include Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District and Director, Joint Interagency Task Force West.
    His senior staff assignments included Chief of Operations, Coast Guard Pacific Area and Chief of Operations Oversight, Coast Guard Atlantic Area where he directly supervised all major cutter oin the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He also served as Chief of Staff, at the Fourteenth Coast Guard Districin Honolulu.
    Vice Admiral Zukunft has commanded six units and served extensively in the cutter fleet where he commanded the cutters CAPE UPRIGHT, HARRIET LANE, and RUSH.
    Vice Admiral Zukunft graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1977 with a Bachelor of Scdegree in Government; from Webster University in 1988 with a Master of Arts degree in Managemand from the U.S. Naval War College in 1997 with a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He is a graduate of the Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies Executive Seminar and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Course.
    Vice Admiral Zukunft is a native of North Branford, Connecticut. He wears the permanent Cutterman pin and is a certified NIMS ICS Type I Area Commander. His personal awards include the Department of Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit and five Meritorious Service medals with “O” device among others.

    • I have heard great things about Admiral Z. Glad it’s a cutterman taking the con. Looking forward to his confirmation hearing.
      Let’s hope the next MCPOCG is a bit more ambitious and a better communicator. I would be shocked if it was anyone but MCPO Cale-Jones.

      P.S. Why are there so many typos in the above bios? Please tell me it’s some funky cut/paste issue and that this wasn’t posted on cg.mil or cgcompass.

  2. Interesting selection – some had thought Admiral Mason Brown as the next COMDT.

    I wonder if Admiral Zukunft will select MCPO Cale-Jones (PACAREA CEA/CMC) as the next MCPOCG. Of course, it would be a relief if the next MCPOCG was NOT a Gold Badge – it’s about time to clear out that group and stop handing them post 30-year extensions!

  3. Am I correct in saying this Commandant breaks the pattern of the Chief of Staff to the current Commandant being selected?

    If so I find that encouraging. Nice to see the political cloning may have come to an end?

  4. Here is the enlisted half of the team.
    R 060034Z MAR 14
    FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CCG//
    TO ALCOAST
    BT
    UNCLAS //N01401//
    ALCOAST 084/14
    COMDTNOTE 1401
    SUBJ: SELECTION OF MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER OF THE COAST GUARD
    1. I am pleased to announce the selection of MCPO Steven Cantrell as the next Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard. He will relieve MCPOCG Michael P. Leavitt during a Change of Watch Ceremony on 22 May 2014 at Training Center Cape May, NJ.
    2. CMC Cantrell, the current Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command Master Chief, hails from Memphis, TN and enlisted in September 1983. He has served in various afloat and ashore assignments, including as a Gold Badge Command Master Chief to the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, the Eighth Coast Guard District, the First Coast Guard District, Officer in Charge of Station Panama City Beach, FL, Station Wrightsville Beach, NC, Station Alexandria Bay, NY, and Station Harbor Beach, MI. CMC Cantrells afloat assignments include Officer in Charge of USCGC RIDLEY and POINT WELLS. CMC Cantrell has earned a permanent cuttermans insignia, coxswain insignia, boat forces insignia, and command afloat and ashore insignia as well as the Command Master Chief (gold badge) insignia. CMC Cantrell has earned a Master of Science degree in Business Administration and holds a U.S. Merchant Mariners 100 gross ton and near coastal towing license.
    3. CMC Cantrell has demonstrated proficiency in craft, proficiency in leadership and a commitment to our core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty by his outstanding performance during his 30-year career.
    4. A number of outstanding Master Chiefs with diverse backgrounds applied for this important and prestigious position. I would like to commend them for their past service, dedication to the Coast Guard, and thank them for their willingness to serve in this position.
    5. ADM Bob Papp, Commandant, sends.
    6. Internet release authorized.
    BT
    NNNN

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