Coast Guard admiral becomes first woman to lead a U.S. service academy

Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz speaking

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz speaks during the change of command ceremony at the United States Coast Guard Academy June 3, 2011. Stosz relieved Rear Adm. J. Scott Burhoe and became the first female superintendent at any of the U.S. service academies. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

The following blog was posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of Adm. Bob Papp.

Today is a significant waypoint not only in Coast Guard history, but in American history. This morning Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz assumed command as the United States Coast Guard Academy’s first woman superintendent. This also makes her the first woman to command any U.S. service academy.

Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz

Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz prepares to assume command of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

A 1982 Coast Guard Academy graduate and a surface operations officer with 12 years of sea duty, Admiral Stosz has plotted a course that includes many firsts for women in the military. Her performance in previous assignments as commanding officer for recruit training at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., the Director of Reserve and Leadership, and the commanding officer of two cutters, has demonstrated a commitment to building a diverse workforce without boundaries.

With this appointment, Admiral Stosz opens what I hope is one of the few remaining doors to women in uniform. This is a tribute not only to our country’s rich history of dynamic leaders and trailblazers but also our Service’s ongoing commitment to providing limitless opportunities for every man and woman who wears the uniform.

Admiral Stosz takes over a world class institution of higher learning and leadership development that continues to see increases in minority admissions. On June 27, the class of 2015 reports aboard and will be the most diverse class in history. Of the 290 offered appointments, 33 percent will be from underrepresented minority groups and 32 percent will be women.

I have every confidence that Admiral Stosz’s watch will continue in the finest traditions of Captain John Henriques—the first superintendent, and 38 others, including outgoing superintendent Rear Admiral Scott Burhoe. She will increase the prestige, quality of education and, most importantly, the character of the leaders who as commissioned Coast Guard officers will ultimately lead our Service while protecting the Nation from threats on the sea, protecting people who use the sea, and protecting the sea itself.

Always Ready — Semper Paratus,

Adm. Bob Papp
Commandant of the Coast Guard

Rear Adm. Stosz salutes Adm. Bob Papp

Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz salutes during the change of command ceremony at the United States Coast Guard Academy June 3, 2011. Stosz relieved Rear Adm. J. Scott Burhoe and became the first female superintendent at any of the U.S. service academies. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.



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17 Responses

  1. Becky Pearson, CAPT, USAF(Ret) says:

    Congratulations to Admiral Stosz! As a former women in the CG with 9 yrs. AD and 1 yr. of reserves, in the 1980’s, this is a true milestone for women in the USCG and the rest of the Armed Forces,

  2. Timothy Ellis, BMCS, USCG (Ret) says:

    RDML Stosz was my CO on RELIANCE for 2 years. She was one the best then and will be a great COMDT of Cadets and leader. CONGRATS!!!

  3. Mike Pell says:

    Congratulations Admiral Stosz!

  4. Dan McMonigle says:

    Congrats!! The USCG has always lead with allowing woman in command situations! I am proud that we keep that message moving forward!

    Danny MAC

  5. auh, yungeol says:

    Congratulations Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz…from Korea.

  6. Freddy Padilla says:

    As a retired Officer after 20 years of service as a seaman in the Venezuelan Coastal Surveillance Command of the National Guard and as a follower of all coast guard services around the world, I also want to express my congratulations to Rear Admiral Stosz. The roll of women in the military around the world make us proud. I wish all the best: “Good sea and good wind”

    Lt. Col.(R) Freddy Padilla

  7. Cindy Cunningham says:

    Congratulations to her for her leadership and professionalism. This is another example of how our Coast Guard lives up to their words, as providing opportunities of individuals who can maintain the high credibility of the Mission statement.

  8. Chris Gianni says:

    Admiral Stosz, Congratulations on your appointment, and for making history! Best wishes,
    Chris Gianni
    FEMA Watch Analyst, prior USCG Civilian

  9. Commodore S. Townsend S.P.S.P. (Ret) says:

    RA S. Stosz ” Congratulations, job well done…”

  10. Minerva RV says:

    Felicidades a RA S. Stosz, una vez más queda demostrado que la mujer puede llegar a ser una gran lider.

  11. Bill Parks USCG Veteran 68~72 says:

    Just another in a long line of 1st. for the United States Coast Guard.

    Congratulations Adm.Stosz, I’m sure you’ll continue in the finest traditions of our beloved Coast Guard and hopefully start a few traditions of your own.

    Semper Paratus Adm.Stosz…

  12. Felix B. Lopez, DVC, USCG AUX says:

    RADM S. Stosz, Congratulations! This is another milestone in Diversity. We are proud of you!

  13. Bob Acker says:

    We are proud of you, Sandy! You’re role at CGA will greatly benefit the next generation of leaders. Thanks for all your hard work, perseverence and service.

  14. BRUCE says:

    Good luck.

  15. xavier says:

    33% minorities and 32% women. I would hope that the whole ‘image’ thing with the academies is a generational obsession. And you know when the academy posts ‘minority’ it is referring to skin color. I never once thought twice about being a minority or my skin color–until I went to the Academy. Skin color, social status, culture–all these things mean nothing on their own. The only diversity the academy should be bringing in is diversity of thought. And even then, diversity of thought should be second to bringing in qualified, exceptional students. I would hate to think my skin color had anything to do with me getting appointed to the USCGA.

  16. CWO Oduye says:

    RADM S. Stosz, Congratulations! I am proud of you and the USCG


  17. CWO Oduye says:

    Congratulations Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz. I am proud of your accomplishment and proud of being part of USCG changes.