Commercial Vessel Compliance

6/2/2016: Coast Guard receives second four-star admiral

Charles D. Michel, vice commandant of the Coast Guard, was promoted to the rank of admiral at Coast Guard Headquarters Wednesday.

Following passage of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, the president nominated Michel for promotion to the rank of admiral to align the leadership structure of the Coast Guard to that of the other armed services and recognize the important role of the vice service chief at the national level.

“I am humbled to be the first Coast Guard vice commandant promoted to the rank of four-star admiral,” said Michel. “This promotion will enable me and future vice commandants to better represent the Coast Guard and the commandant.”

As second in command, Michel directly oversees Coast Guard’s senior operational and mission support commanders, as well as Headquarters staff, and serves as service chief in absence of the Commandant.

For more information, please view the entire announcement regarding the promotion.

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