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US Coast Guard commandant to visit Guam, Saipan

HAGÅTÑA — Adm. Karl Schultz, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, will visit Guam and Saipan on July 20-23 to celebrate the USCG’s role in the 75th anniversary of Guam’s Liberation in World War II.

Karl Schultz

Schultz will also meet with Coast Guard personnel stationed in the Marianas and witness firsthand the impacts of China’s expansion into American territory, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Asia-Pacific Media Hub.

“Admiral Schultz will conduct the call from Saipan, and he will discuss the growing complexity of the Indo-Pacific operating environment brought on by the resurgence of great power competition,” a press release from the department states.

The department said Schultz will discuss the deployments of National Security Cutter Bertholf and Stratton to Indo-Pacific and the benefits of the Coast Guard’s flagship serving in this capacity.

Schultz will also announce other planned Coast Guard operations in Oceania “that demonstrate the service’s enduring commitment to promote individual sovereignty and economic prosperity in this region of vital global importance,” the department said.

“The Coast Guard is uniquely suited to assist partner nations uphold and assert their own sovereignty in the face of encroachments on their interests,” the department said. “In addition to Department of Defense interoperability, the Coast Guard offers a flexible blend of diplomatic, information, military, economic, and law enforcement tools.”

Shultz assumed the duties as the 26th commandant of the USCG on June 1, 2018. He oversees all global Coast Guard operations and 41,000 active-duty, 6,200 reserve, and 8,500 civilian personnel, as well as the support of 25,000 Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers.

Schultz previously served as commander for the Atlantic Area from August 2016 to May 2018, leading the operations of all Coast Guard missions spanning five Coast Guard Districts and 40 states.

He concurrently served as director of DHS Joint Task Force-East, responsible for achieving the objectives of the DHS Southern Border and Approaches Campaign Plan throughout the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Region, including Central America.

A native of Connecticut, Admiral Schultz graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1983, earning a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.

In 1992, he was awarded a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Connecticut, and in 2006, completed a one-year national security fellowship at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.