Paul F. Zukunft
|Paul F. Zukunft|
March 24, 1955 |
North Branford, Connecticut
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Coast Guard|
|Years of service||1973–|
|Commands held||Previous flag assignments include The Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship; Director of Response Policy, Assistant Commandant for Capability; Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District; and Director, Joint Interagency Task Force West; Federal Onscene Deepwater Horizon Unified Command|
|Battles/wars||September 11 attacks|
Paul F. Zukunft (born 1955) is a Vice Admiral in the United States Coast Guard. He assumed the duties of Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area  in April 2012, where he serves as the operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions within the half of the world that ranges from the Rocky Mountains to the waters off the East Coast of Africa. He concurrently serves as Commander, Defense Force West and provides Coast Guard mission support to the Department of Defense and Combatant Commanders.
Vice Admiral Zukunft was promoted to flag rank in 2006, and his five previous flag assignments include The Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship; Director of Response Policy, Assistant Commandant for Capability; Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District  and Director, Joint Interagency Task Force West. Additionally, Vice Admiral Zukunft served as the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon Spill of National Significance in 2010, and directed more than 47,000 responders, 6,500 vessels and 120 aircraft during one of the largest oil spills in U.S. history.
Vice Admiral Zukunft has served extensively at sea, commanding the USCGC Rush, USCGC Harriet Lane, and the USCGC Cape Upright. Vice Admiral Zukunft’s senior staff assignments include Chief of Operations, Coast Guard Pacific Area and Chief of Operations Oversight, Coast Guard Atlantic Area where he directly supervised all major cutter operations in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He also served as Chief of Staff, Fourteenth Coast Guard District in Honolulu.
Vice Admiral Zukunft graduated from the U.S. United States Coast Guard Academy in 1977 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Government. He attended Webster University in 1988 where he received his Masters of Arts degree in Management, and the United States Naval War College in 1997 graduating with a Masters of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He is a graduate of the Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies Executive Seminar and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government National Preparedness Leadership Initiative course.
Vice Admiral Zukunft is a native of North Branford, Connecticut. He wears the permanent Cutterman Insignia and is a certified NIMS ICS Type I Incident Commander. His personal awards include the Department of Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legion of Merit, and five Meritorious Service Medals medals with “O” device among others.
On February 28, 2014, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that President Obama intended to nominate Zukunft for the position of Commandant of the Coast Guard, succeeding Admiral Robert Papp.
- Lagan, Christopher. "President Obama intends to nominate Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft as the 25th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 2014-02-28.