Pac. Area Commander Tapped As Next Coast Guard Commandant

Friday, February 28 2014

The White House has nominated the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area commander to be its next commandant.

Vice Admiral Paul Zukunft was nominated Friday to replace outgoing Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp. Papp gave his final “State of the Coast Guard” address of his four-year term on Wednesday.

Zukunft has served as Pacific Area commander since 2012. Before that, his duties included serving as the federal on-scene coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

Zukunft was in Alaska last month to cut the ribbon on the new Coast Guard Sector Anchorage headquarters at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Senator Lisa Murkowski attended.

She called Zukunft’s nomination good news for Alaska in a statement Friday. She said when she met Zukunft, she was ”impressed immediately with his leadership and intelligence – but also with his background and knowledge base in the Pacific and the Arctic.”

Zukunft’s nomination requires confirmation by the Senate. He would be the Coast Guard’s 25th commandant.


Shirley on Saturday, March 01 2014:


Admiral Zukunft was in Unalaska a month ago and spent his two hour stop with the City of Unalaska. We had the current and new Commandant of the USCG in Unalaska the same year and for the first time. Pretty neat. That is the story.


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