President Obama intends to nominate Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft as the 25th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard

Moments ago, 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.

Dear Colleagues,

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.

I am proud to announce President Obama’s intent to nominate Vice Admiral Paul F. Zukunft as the 25th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Since I became Secretary, I have had the opportunity to get to know Vice Admiral Zukunft, and if confirmed he will be a great leader for the future of the Coast Guard. As a 37 year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, he has demonstrated this leadership while serving in a number of different capacities, including coordinating federal response to the Deepwater Horizon Spill. During the response, Vice Admiral Zukunft directed more than 47,000 responders, 6,500 vessels and 120 aircraft as the Coast Guard worked to respond to and recover from the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

Vice Admiral Zukunft currently commands U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area, and is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and holds advanced degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and Webster University.

If confirmed as Commandant, Vice Admiral Zukunft will follow another great leader – Admiral Robert Papp, Jr. I thank Admiral Papp for his years of service to the U.S. Coast Guard, to the Department of Homeland Security, and to this Nation, and I look forward to seeing Vice Admiral Zukunft continue his great work.


Jeh Charles Johnson
Secretary of Homeland Security



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5 Responses

  1. Craig Allen says:

    What a superb selection. Congratulations Admiral Zukunft and thanks Secretary Jeh Johnson. Craig Allen Sr.

  2. Gaspare Marturano says:

    Congratulations Admiral Zukunft. I look forward to the guidance and leadership you bring to the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. My favorite leadership quote – “My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence”. – General George Patton

  3. Maurice C. Poulin says:

    Good luck as the new Commandant of the U.S.C.G.I am sure you went thru some of the toughest jobs on your way thru the ranks. I hope you had good chiefs in your service.Maurice C,
    . Poulin a retired chief

  4. William M. Baldwin says:

    Dear Admiral Zukunft, I first would send my congratulations on your selection for Commandant. I find in these times we are always looking for that great leader that will deal with present and take us into the future. I am also interested in talking about bringing that spirit of the guard as “one team” back again. I realize the Coast Guard active duty personnel and reservist, but we are truly one Coast Guard whom serve the same missions. Attitude and respect is everything for a team. Go Guard.

  5. Michael J Smith says:

    yet another example of class and leadership combined into one man! Congrats to you Paul and Fran! Michael J Smith Class of 75