March 12, 2018: U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Karl L. Schultz was nominated as the 26th Commandant of the Coast Guard on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Also, Vice Adm. Charles W. Ray has been nominated as the agency’s Vice Commandant. Schultz has more than thirty-five years of experience at the Coast Guard. Schultz is currently the Coast Guard’s Commander for the Coast Guard Atlantic Area. In that position, he is the operational commander for all Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf, an area that spans five Coast Guard districts and forty states. Schultz is also the Commander, Defense Force East, which provides Coast Guard mission support to the U.S. Department of Defense and combatant Commanders. Ray is currently the Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations, where he is responsible for the development of operational strategy, policy, guidance, and resources that address national priorities. He was previously the agency’s Pacific Area Commander. The Coast Guard is a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Current Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft has held the position since May 30, 2014. He is scheduled to retire on June 1, 2018.