Biden says 1st woman armed products and services chief is ‘about time’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden hailed Adm. Linda Fagan as new Commandant of the U.S. Coastline Guard and the armed forces’ initial female support chief, declaring throughout a improve of command ceremony on Wednesday, “It’s about time.”

“The trailblazing job of Admiral Fagan shows young persons getting into the products and services, we mean what we say: There are no doorways — no doors — shut to women of all ages,” Biden informed all around 2,000 cheering guests at Coastline Guard headquarters. All those attending included company chiefs from other military services branches and Homeland Stability Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The president additional, “This is what an admiral and service main in the United States armed forces looks like” and thanked Fagan for “all that you’ve accomplished during your occupation to open the doors of option just a little little bit wider” permitting “those next guiding you a way via.”

“Now we will need to preserve performing to make sure Admiral Fagan might be the very first but not the only,” Biden stated. “We have to have to see more girls at the best amounts of command in the Coast Guard and throughout every company.”

Fagan relieved Adm. Karl L. Schultz. In a transient handle, Biden did not mention Russia’s war with Ukraine but said “the possibilities the globe tends to make nowadays will “shape the way of the earth throughout the 21st century.”

The president claimed his administration is “going to be contacting on the Coast Guard extra frequently” to battle the threats of climate change, given that Wednesday marked the first day of hurricane period that is anticipated to be ”the seventh straight 12 months of over-regular hurricane activity in the Atlantic.”

Biden also termed the Coastline Guard an “essential element” of his administration’s Indo-Pacific approach, and stated he planned to interact to guard against overfishing by Chinese passions.