Vice Admiral Papp confirmed as 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard

Vice Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr.. Commander, introduces the senior leadership of forward deployed Coast Guard forces at Camp Patriot, Kuwait, to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and the U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, Deborah Jones, during an all hands meeting July 2009. (U.S. Coast Guard image.)

Vice Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr.. Commander, introduces the senior leadership of forward deployed Coast Guard forces at Camp Patriot, Kuwait, to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and the U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, Deborah Jones, during an all hands meeting July 2009. (U.S. Coast Guard image.)

While much of the nation watched and a significant segment of the Coast Guard responded to the fire and resulting oil spill when the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico last Thursday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Vice Admiral Robert J. Papp to the rank of admiral and appointed him to be the 24th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. The confirmation was approved by unanimous consent.

Papp will assume the role of commandant currently held by Admiral Thad Allen at a change of command ceremony on May 25, 2010.

Congratulations to Vice Admiral Papp and his leadership team on their confirmations!

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