Uscg Flag Officer Assignments 2014 Super

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced today that the president has made the following nominations:

  • Navy Vice Adm. Christopher W. Grady for appointment to the rank of admiral, and for assignment as commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Grady is currently serving as commander, Sixth Fleet; commander, Task Force Six; commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa; and Joint Force Maritime Component commander Europe, Naples Italy.
  • Navy Vice Adm. Charles A. Richard for reappointment to the rank of vice admiral, and for assignment as commander, Naval Submarine Forces; commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and commander, Allied Submarine Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Richard is currently serving as deputy commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.
  • Navy Rear Adm. Michael T. Moran for appointment to the rank of vice admiral, and for assignment as principal military deputy assistant secretary of the Navy (research, development, and acquisition), Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia. Moran is currently serving as program executive officer for Tactical Aircraft Programs, Patuxent River, Maryland.
  • Navy Rear Adm. Timothy J. White for appointment to the rank of vice admiral, and for assignment as commander, Fleet Cyber Command; and commander, U.S. Tenth Fleet, Fort Meade, Maryland. White is currently serving as commander, cyber, National Mission Force, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.
  • Navy Capt. David A. Welch has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Welch is currently serving as director for international engagement, N52, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, District of Columbia.

Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson announced today the following assignments:

  • Rear Adm. (lower half) John V. Fuller will be assigned as director, J5, U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.  Fuller is currently serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group 1, San Diego, California.
  • Rear Adm. (lower half) Shane G. Gahagan will be assigned as program executive officer for tactical aircraft programs, Patuxent River, Maryland.  Gahagan is currently serving as commander, Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division; and assistant commander for research and engineering, Naval Air Systems Command (AIR-4.0), Patuxent River, Maryland.
  • Rear Adm. (lower half) Kevin M. Jones will be assigned as commander, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution, New Cumberland, Pennsylvania.  Jones is currently serving as commander, Office of Special Projects, Washington, District of Columbia.
  • Rear Adm. (lower half) Karl O. Thomas will be assigned as commander, Task Force 70; and commander, Carrier Strike Group 5, Yokosuka, Japan.  Thomas is currently serving as director, 21st Century Sailor Office, N17, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Arlington, Virginia.
[Senate Hearing 113-620] [From the U.S. Government Publishing Office] S. Hrg. 113-620 NOMINATIONS TO THE U.S. COAST GUARD AND THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION ======================================================================= HEARING before the COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION UNITED STATES SENATE ONE HUNDRED THIRTEENTH CONGRESS SECOND SESSION __________ APRIL 8, 2014 __________ Printed for the use of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation ______ U.S. GOVERNMENT PUBLISHING OFFICE 94-057 PDF WASHINGTON : 2015 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Publishing Office Internet: bookstore.gpo.gov Phone: toll free (866) 512-1800; DC area (202) 512-1800 Fax: (202) 512-2104 Mail: Stop IDCC, Washington, DC 20402-0001 SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION ONE HUNDRED THIRTEENTH CONGRESS SECOND SESSION JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER IV, West Virginia, Chairman BARBARA BOXER, California JOHN THUNE, South Dakota, Ranking BILL NELSON, Florida ROGER F. WICKER, Mississippi MARIA CANTWELL, Washington ROY BLUNT, Missouri MARK PRYOR, Arkansas MARCO RUBIO, Florida CLAIRE McCASKILL, Missouri KELLY AYOTTE, New Hampshire AMY KLOBUCHAR, Minnesota DEAN HELLER, Nevada MARK WARNER, Virginia DAN COATS, Indiana MARK BEGICH, Alaska TIM SCOTT, South Carolina RICHARD BLUMENTHAL, Connecticut TED CRUZ, Texas BRIAN SCHATZ, Hawaii DEB FISCHER, Nebraska EDWARD MARKEY, Massachusetts RON JOHNSON, Wisconsin CORY BOOKER, New Jersey JOHN E. WALSH, Montana Ellen L. Doneski, Staff Director John Williams, General Counsel David Schwietert, Republican Staff Director Nick Rossi, Republican Deputy Staff Director Rebecca Seidel, Republican General Counsel and Chief Investigator C O N T E N T S ---------- Page Hearing held on April 8, 2014.................................... 1 Statement of Senator Rockefeller................................. 1 Statement of Senator Thune....................................... 3 Statement of Senator Nelson...................................... 19 Statement of Senator Begich...................................... 21 Statement of Senator McCaskill................................... 23 Statement of Senator Cantwell.................................... 24 Statement of Senator Blumenthal.................................. 27 Statement of Senator Markey...................................... 28 Statement of Senator Ayotte...................................... 56 Statement of Senator Klobuchar................................... 58 Witnesses Hon. Mary Landrieu, U.S. Senator from Louisiana.................. 1 Vice Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant-Designate, United States Coast Guard.................................................... 5 Prepared statement........................................... 6 Biographical information..................................... 9 Hon. Tom Udall, U.S. Senator from New Mexico..................... 31 Hon. John F. Tierney, Congressman, 6th District of Massachusetts. 32 Elliot Kaye, Chairman and Commissioner-Designate, Consumer Product Safety Commission...................................... 35 Prepared statement........................................... 36 Biographical information..................................... 38 Joseph Mohorovic, Commissioner-Designate, Consumer Product Safety Commission..................................................... 44 Prepared statement........................................... 46 Biographical information..................................... 47 Appendix Response to written questions submitted to Vice Admiral Paul Zukunft by: Hon. John D. Rockefeller IV.................................. 63 Hon. Maria Cantwell.......................................... 66 Hon. Roger F. Wicker......................................... 68 Hon. Marco Rubio............................................. 69 Hon. Kelly Ayotte............................................ 70 Response to written questions submitted to Elliot Kaye by: Hon. Mark Pryor.............................................. 72 Hon. Claire McCaskill........................................ 73 Hon. Roger F. Wicker......................................... 75 Hon. Tim Scott............................................... 76 Hon. Ron Johnson............................................. 76 Response to written questions submitted to Joseph Mohorovic by: Hon. John D. Rockefeller IV.................................. 78 Hon. Bill Nelson............................................. 81 Hon. Mark Pryor.............................................. 82 Hon. Roger F. Wicker......................................... 83 Hon. Tim Scott............................................... 83 Hon. Claire McCaskill........................................ 84 NOMINATIONS TO THE U.S. COAST GUARD AND THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION ---------- TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014 U.S. Senate, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Washington, DC. The Committee met, pursuant to notice, at 2:35 p.m. in room SR-253, Russell Senate Office Building, Hon. John D. Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the Committee, presiding. OPENING STATEMENT OF HON. JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER IV, U.S. SENATOR FROM WEST VIRGINIA The Chairman. All right. This hearing will come to order. And we have our candidate before us but we also have Senator Mary Landrieu before us. She wants very much to speak. And Senator Thune and I just sort of faded into the background as soon as we heard that. STATEMENT OF HON. MARY LANDRIEU, U.S. SENATOR FROM LOUISIANA Senator Landrieu. Do not believe that. The Chairman.--of your eloquent--what you want to say. So, please proceed. Senator Landrieu. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. And I appreciate the opportunity to present to the Committee today, Vice Admiral Paul Zukunft, to be the President's nominee to be the next Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. Before we get too far along, I want to also recognize that the Admiral's wife has joined us, Fran, and other relatives in the audience; and they're welcome. And I'm sure he appreciates them being here for their support. As you all know, because you have held these hearings many times, the role of the Commandant is a very, very important position for all of our states and as a model for the country. But as Chair of Homeland Security Appropriations and as senior Senator from Louisiana, I became particularly impressed with this nominee's ability, his leadership ability, in the aftermath of the oil spill which was about 4 years ago. When this leader was asked to step in and to help organize all Federal assets in the aftermath of this terrible, terrible accident that claimed a dozen lives, injured over 30 men offshore, and spilled almost 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf, he'd been given the job of Federal On-Scene Coordinator, which is no easy job. Our government was working night and day, 24/7, compiling the assets we needed to stop the flow of oil to manage government assets, private assets, and the politics that went along with all of that. And he just did beautifully. He commanded 47,000 first responders, 6,500 vessels, and 180 aircraft during the largest spill in our nation's history. He's a graduate, of course, of the Coast Guard Academy, but he began and he grew up in the Coast Guard starting as a cutterman, as an operator. He's someone that not only can serve at the highest levels, but I believe has demonstrated his understanding and empathy and sympathy for people working at all levels of the Coast Guard. He was promoted to the rank of Flag Officer in 2006. He served in numerous senior roles including, I'll say this in quotes, a ``hardship'' post in Hawaii. [Laughter.] Senator Landrieu. But then he earned his real stripes in the Gulf Coast, hot, mosquito infested, at our oil spill. But he served all over the world. I've been very fortunate to develop strong relations with the Coast Guard. Of course, Senator Nelson from Florida has similar experience with the Coast Guard. It's the people of Louisiana's favorite Federal agency because we depend on them literally morning, noon, and night for so much of the work that we do in our state. So we get to know our leaders well. Rear Admiral Thad Allen, one of our favorites, said, ``You'd like to think that every Admiral's got a four-star potential because he's got an extraordinary operational background, extraordinary personality, and he's a terrific leader.'' I think that describes the gentleman that's before us. And it's without hesitation and strong recommendation that I submit his credentials to this committee. The Chairman. Thank you, Senator Landrieu. I'm going to make an opening statement now and then Ranking Member Thune will do the same. And then it'll be all yours. And I hope there'll be more people coming. There are several other large committees that are meeting at this point but that never works for me. Of all of the executive nominations that the Commerce Committee considers when you look at the whole picture, perhaps the most important is the one we'll be discussing today which is you. That is the nomination for Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. President Obama recently nominated Vice President Paul Zukunft to serve as the twenty-fifth Commandant of the Coast Guard. And, Admiral, I congratulate you on your nomination. I welcome you to this friendly for the most part committee. Friendly for you. Here, this little speech I find here, here's why this job is so important to me. First of all, the Coast Guard is a branch of our Armed Forces. It's interesting. Sometimes it's sort of like the National Guard. Not everybody recognizes that. The 43,000 men and women of the Coast Guard defend our country; they protect our ports; they protect our waterways; they protect our open seas against threats to our national security. And there are not that many of them; 43,000. Not that many. But they also help American citizens live better and safer lives. They enforce our environmental and safety laws. They answer the call when lives are in danger on the water. They have had a lot to do with the subject that we've discussed a lot here and that is cruise ships. Even when that means putting their own lives at risk. On an average day, the men and women of the Coast Guard: save 11 lives; respond to 57 search-and-rescue cases; keep 455 pounds of cocaine off the streets; investigate 12 marine accidents; respond to and investigate nine pollution incidents; conduct security inspections of five high-interest vessels; screen nearly 1,300 vessels prior to their arrival at a U.S. port; interdicts seven undocumented migrants seeking to unlawfully enter the United States; and ensure compliance of 15 fishing vessels with our fisheries laws. But the truth is that you perform all of these things with a budget which is just a small fraction of what you need and a small fraction of the other military services. And the Coast Guard does it in boats and aircraft that, in some cases, have been in service since the Vietnam Era. We have always asked the Coast Guard to do a lot. And since the 9/11 attacks and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, we have asked them to do even more. But the truth is that, in recent years, we have not given the Coast Guard the resources it really needs to do this work. Now, you know, that floats right by most people but it's sort of the heart of your problem. We need to be honest about our expectations of the Coast Guard if we continue to underfund it year, after year, after year. Admiral Zukunft and I had a chance to talk in private about these challenges and how he intends to lead the Coast Guard. Leading the Coast Guard without the resources to do so becomes a difficult--you have to make choices. I'm confident he's going to do a great job. I support him in absolute terms and I look forward to his testimony today. Ranking Member Thune. STATEMENT OF HON. JOHN THUNE, U.S. SENATOR FROM SOUTH DAKOTA Senator Thune. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing to consider the nomination of Vice Admiral Paul Zukunft to be the twenty-fifth Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. I also want to thank the Vice Admiral along with his wife, Fran, who sacrifices greatly on behalf of our nation. And so, thank you to her and to their family for that sacrifice and for that service. As this committee knows well, the Coast Guard's overall mission is to ensure the safety, security, and stewardship of our nation's waters, which is a massive mission that it performs admirably on a daily basis. For some perspective it's worth noting the Coast Guard's entire annual budget of about $9 billion is less than the cost to build one aircraft carrier for the Navy, which is around $13 billion. Vice Admiral Zukunft has a long and distinguished career in the Coast Guard and served with distinction during some of the most complex disasters in our nation's history, the Deepwater Horizon Spill of 2010. During that disaster, Admiral Zukunft served as the Federal On-Scene Coordinator leading more than 47,000 Federal, state, local, and private sector responders to contain and clean up the devastating spill. Currently, Vice Admiral Zukunft is the Operational Commander of the Coast Guard's Pacific Area. This is an area of responsibility that spans half the globe touching 71 nations and six of the seven continents. In that capacity he has dealt with transnational criminal activity, increased human activity in the Arctic, and global competition for dwindling fish stocks among other issues. He has worked with nations like Russia, China, Japan, Canada, and South Korea while conducting combined operations against illegal fishing activity in the Western Pacific Ocean. And he has worked to coordinate the efforts of Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Justice, and local law enforcement agencies at the Coast Guard's Sector in San Diego creating a model of interagency cooperation in the fight against transnational criminal operations along the nation's maritime Southwest border. Vice Admiral Zukunft also serves on the Coast Guard's Leadership Council, comprised of the Commandant and the service's five Vice Admirals, where he has tackled some of the toughest challenges the Coast Guard faces ranging from budget issues to workforce matters. He currently serves on the Coast Guard's Investment Review Board that finalizes the allocation of funds across the service's acquisition, operations, and personnel accounts. Clearly, Vice Admiral Zukunft is highly qualified, deeply experienced, and prepared to lead the Coast Guard. And I look forward to supporting Vice Admiral Zukunft's nomination. And I again want to express my appreciation for his willingness to continue to serve the Nation as the next Commandant of the Coast Guard. Mr. Chairman, I note that we have a deadline to act on this nomination, as Admiral Papp's term as Commandant concludes in May. And I hope that we can act in a timely fashion to have Vice Admiral Zukunft in place by that time. We will also be hearing testimony today on a later panel from two nominees to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They're Elliot Kaye, who was nominated to be the next Chairman of the CPSC, and Joseph Mohorovic, who is nominated to be a Commissioner at the CPSC. Currently, the CPSC has three Commissioners, and should these two nominees be confirmed, they'll have a full complement of five Commissioners here very soon. The CPSC is a creature of Congress created in 1972 by the Consumer Product Safety Act. As such, its authority is very carefully bounded by the law. It is an independent agency that has the important responsibility of protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with more than 15,000 consumer products such as household products, toys and sporting goods. The CPSC fulfills its statutory responsibilities by developing voluntary standards with industry, banning products if necessary, and informing and educating consumers among other things. The Commission, as defined by the CPSIA, does not have jurisdiction over certain products, such as tobacco and tobacco products, or firearms and ammunition among other items. Other Federal agencies and commissions have jurisdiction over these types of products. This is important because I'm always concerned about efforts by agencies to expand their authority, and it's crucial that agencies remain within the jurisdictional procedural boundaries that were mandated by the Congress. Depending on timing with this afternoon's panels, I plan on asking our two CPSC nominees about their views on some of these jurisdictional procedural boundaries for the CPSC. Mr. Chairman, thank you for holding this hearing and I look forward to testimony from our nominees today. The Chairman. Vice Admiral, you may proceed. STATEMENT OF VICE ADMIRAL PAUL ZUKUNFT, COMMANDANT-DESIGNATE, UNITED STATES COAST GUARD Admiral Zukunft. Good afternoon. First, I wish to thank Senator Landrieu for her very kind introduction. Chairman Rockefeller, Ranking Member Thune, distinguished members of the Committee and Subcommittee, good afternoon. I am honored to appear before you today and I am humbled to have the confidence of Secretary Johnson and President Obama to be the President's nominee to serve as the twenty-fifth Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. I am blessed to have my wife, Fran, who is sitting behind me, join me in this endeavor. I am very grateful to our Commandant, Admiral Bob Papp, who leads our service with extraordinary devotion, skill and integrity. If confirmed, I stand ready to ensure the Coast Guard remains focused; focused on our mission; focused on our people, their well-being and their proficiency; and focused on our efficiency and effectiveness. I respectfully submit my written testimony for the record and request to make a brief opening statement. For almost 37 years, I have dedicated my life to serving our nation with Coast Guard men and women. I've had the honor of leading and commanding at every tier in our organization from strategy, policy, budget, and acquisition efforts in Washington, D.C., to frontline operations across the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific, Arctic, and to Antarctic. I've seen firsthand the value the Coast Guard provides to the Nation and I know what is required to sustain this level of commitment of our homeland well into the future. If confirmed, I look forward to working with each of you to ensure that the United States Coast Guard is semper paratus, always ready to serve our nation. And I thank you, Chairman, and members of this committee for your personal commitment to our people and their families; the heart and soul of our Coast Guard. A twenty-first century Coast Guard must be prepared to respond to the full spectrum of twenty-first century threats and challenges that include cyber and direct attacks on our coastal infrastructure. These challenges are reflected in Secretary Johnson's commitment to protecting America's enduring national security interest through the execution of the department's five missions. If confirmed, I will tirelessly work with the Administration, Congress, this committee, and our interagency partners to support unity of effort and collaboration across the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, State, Transportation, Justice, and Interior, among others. And I will continue to develop and enhance partnerships at the Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels to build community resilience and ensure America is prepared to prevent and respond to crises in the maritime domain. The success of our Coast Guard for over 223 years resides in the character and competency of the men and women who serve our nation. Our character can be summed up in three words: Service before self. Our proficiency competency is the foundation on which the Coast Guard serves the American people. A proficient and experienced workforce is intrinsic to sustained operational excellence as our missions become more expansive and complex. In order to achieve this excellence, our people deserve a workplace that is free from sexual assault and free from discrimination. I will work to ensure our demographics and diversity better reflect the Nation we serve. My wife, Fran, who has served as a career professional and single parent during my numerous deployments, fully appreciates the many challenges facing our military families. If confirmed, we will work together to ensure we provide the best possible care for our Coast Guard men and women and their families. Regardless of the fiscal environment, the demand for our Coast Guard missions will continue to grow. Though will be challenging, I am focused and committed to taking decisive action to manage our resources strategically continuing the recapitalization of our assets with an emphasis upon affordability. And seizing the opportunities for efficiencies to ensure we meet our responsibilities to the Nation. If confirmed, I realize the enormous responsibility that rests squarely upon my shoulders and the judicious allocation of our limited resources while applying a broad array of unique authorities in a prevent, respond, and enforce set of capabilities that our nation values. Chairman Rockefeller, Ranking Member Thune, and members of the Committee, I know our challenges are great but I am truly excited and optimistic about the future of the United States Coast Guard. Thank you for the opportunity to testify today and I look forward to your questions. [The prepared statement and biographical information of Admiral Zukunft follow:] Prepared Statement of VADM Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant-Designate, U.S. Coast Guard Introduction Good afternoon, Chairman Rockefeller, Ranking Member Thune and distinguished members of the Committee. It is a privilege to appear before you today. I am humbled by the opportunity and grateful for the confidence of President Obama and Secretary Johnson in nominating me to be the 25th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. I would also like to thank Admiral Bob Papp, our current Commandant, for the opportunity to serve as the Coast Guard's Pacific Area Commander. In my nearly 37 years in the Coast Guard, I have had the privilege of serving alongside a remarkable team of dedicated public servants. I have held command in nearly every pay grade, in addition to leading the front-line response to the largest oil spill in U.S. history. I have responded to mass migrations in the Caribbean, interdicted drugs on the high seas, and saved commercial fishermen in the Bering Sea. These experiences have taught me the importance of decisive action in harsh conditions, and have also prepared me to serve as Commandant. I am grateful for the opportunity to discuss my priorities and objectives, as well as to provide a brief overview of how, if confirmed, I will lead the Service. Overview of the Coast Guard The United States Coast Guard is America's maritime first responder. This year will mark our 224th year of protecting those on the sea, protecting the Nation from threats delivered by sea, and protecting the sea itself. With important authorities for maritime safety, security, and environmental protection, today's Coast Guard is a versatile, adaptive organization that provides tremendous service to the public. Every day, Coast Guard operations include search and rescue, safeguarding and facilitating maritime commerce, protecting against and preparing to respond to maritime acts of terrorism, interdicting drug and migrant smugglers, enforcing fisheries laws, responding to oil and hazardous material spills, maintaining aids to navigation, screening commercial ships and crews entering U.S. ports, inspecting U.S.-flagged vessels, examining cargo containers, investigating marine accidents, training international partners, credentialing merchant mariners, and supporting defense operations. These critical functions promote environmental stewardship while keeping our Nation secure and economy vibrant. America is a maritime nation. More than 90 percent of all U.S. trade enters or leaves this Nation through our ports and waterways as part of the global supply chain. With broad responsibility for maritime safety, security, and environmental stewardship, the Coast Guard's work is a fundamental part of security, resilience, and economic growth throughout the Nation and the world. Across the nation, the Coast Guard is on watch in our ports, along our coasts, on our major rivers and the Great Lakes, and far offshore with an agile mix of aircraft, cutters, small boats, and shore-based units which are crewed by highly trained, proficient, and motivated Coast Guard men and women. We are locally based, nationally deployed, and globally connected. Vision for the Future The Coast Guard's success is made possible by the personal support of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), comprehensive collaboration with other DHS components, and unity of effort across all levels of our Service. Under the leadership of Secretary Johnson, the Department has five enduring missions:

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