Karl L. Schultz

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Karl Schultz
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Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
Assumed office
1 June 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyCharles Ray
Preceded byPaul F. Zukunft
Personal details
EducationUnited States Coast Guard Academy (BS)
University of Connecticut, Storrs (MPA)
AwardsCoast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Coast Guard Commendation Medal
Coast Guard Achievement Medal
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Coast Guard
Years of service1983–present
RankAdmiral
CommandsCoast Guard Atlantic Area
Coast Guard Defense Force East
Eleventh Coast Guard District
Coast Guard Sector Miami
USCGC Venturous (WMEC-625)
USCGC Acacia (WLB-406)
USCGC Farallon (WPB-1301)
Battles/warsGlobal War on Terrorism
 • September 11 attacks

Karl Leo Schultz[1] is a United States Coast Guard admiral and the 26th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.[2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Schultz is a native of East Hartford, Connecticut.[5] He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Connecticut in 1992, and in 2006 he completed a one year National Security Fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government.[5]

Career[edit]

U.S. Coast Guard[edit]

Schultz's operational assignments include Commander, Coast Guard Sector Miami as well as command tours aboard cutters USCGC Venturous (WMEC-625), USCGC Acacia (WLB-406), and USCGC Farallon (WPB-1301). Staff assignments include Chief of the Office of Congressional and Governmental Affairs; Congressional Liaison Officer to the U.S. House of Representatives; Liaison Officer to the United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; Assignment Officer at the Coast Guard Personnel Command, and Command Duty Officer in the Seventh Coast Guard District Operations Center in Miami.[6]

Schultz has served as Director of Operations (J3), U.S. Southern Command in Doral, Florida where he directed joint service military operations across the Caribbean Basin, Central and South America. Prior flag officer assignments were Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District where he was responsible for multi-mission operations from California to Peru, and Director of Governmental and Public Affairs at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for external engagement with Congress, the media, and inter-governmental entities.[6]

Schultz assumed the duties as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area in August 2016. As commander, Schultz oversaw Coast Guard rescue and recovery efforts for hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate in 2017.[6]

Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard[edit]

On 8 March 2018, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced that U.S. President Donald Trump intended to nominate Schultz for the position of Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, succeeding Admiral Paul F. Zukunft.[7] His nomination and promotion to admiral was confirmed by a voice vote of the U.S. Senate on 9 May 2018.[8] Schultz relieved Admiral Zukunft on 1 June 2018.[9]

Awards and decorations[edit]

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Badge
Cutterman Officer Insignia
1st row
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
2nd row
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with three gold award stars
Meritorious Service Medal with two award stars and "O" device
3rd row
Coast Guard Commendation Medal with three award stars and "O" device
Coast Guard Achievement Medal with award star and "O" device
Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon
4th row
Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation with "hurricane symbol"
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Unit Award
5th row
Coast Guard Unit Commendation with four award stars and "O" device
Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation with three award stars and "O" device
Meritorious Team Commendation with three award stars
6th row
Coast Guard "E" Ribbon with three award stars
Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
7th row
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal with two service stars[10]
Special Operations Service Ribbon with two service stars
8th row
Sea Service Ribbon with three service stars
Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon
Pistol Marksmanship Medal
Badges
Command Ashore Pin
Command Afloat Pin

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "PN1706 — Vice Adm. Karl L. Schultz — Coast Guard". U.S. Congress. 8 March 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Secretary Nielsen Statement on President Trump's Nomination of Vice Admiral Karl L. Schultz to be the Next Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard". DHS.gov. 8 March 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Vice Adm. Karl Schultz Nominated to be Next Coast Guard Commandant". USNI News. 8 March 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Vice Admiral Karl L. Schultz". Department of Homeland Security. 15 September 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Commander, Atlantic Area - VADM Karl Schultz". www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Secretary Nielsen Statement on President Trump's Nomination of Vice Admiral Karl L. Schultz to be the Next Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard". Department of Homeland Security. 8 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  8. ^ "PN1706 — Vice Adm. Karl L. Schultz — Coast Guard". U.S. Congress. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  9. ^ Werner, Ben (8 March 2018). "Vice Adm. Karl Schultz Nominated to be Next Coast Guard Commandant - USNI News". USNI News. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Vice Admiral Paul F. Zukunft United States Coast Guard Commander, Pacific Area Commander, Coast Guard Defense Force West" (PDF). United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 7 May 2014.

External links[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Paul F. Zukunft
Commandant of the Coast Guard
2018–present
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Joseph Lengyel
as Chief of the National Guard Bureau
Order of Precedence of the United States
as Commandant of the Coast Guard
Succeeded by
Joseph Votel
as Commander of United States Central Command