UPDATE: President Obama intends to nominate and appoint VADM Papp as the 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard

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VADM Robert Papp Jr., Commander LANTAREA
VADM Robert Papp Jr., Commander LANTAREA (U.S. Coast Guard image)

Moments ago, Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced President Obama’s intent to nominate and appoint Vice Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. to be the next Commandant of the United States Coast Guard.

Upon Senate confirmation, VADM Papp, who currently serves as Commander of the Atlantic Area and Defense Force East, will relieve Admiral Thad W. Allen during a change of command ceremony on May 25, 2010.

UPDATE: Click here to read the DHS press release announcing President Obama’s Intent to Nominate Vice Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., as Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard along with remarks from Secretary Napolitano.

KUWAIT - Vice Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr.. Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area, introduces the senior leadership of forward deployed Coast Guard forces at Camp Patriot, Kuwait, to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and the U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, Deborah Jones, during an all hands meeting July 2009. (U.S. Coast Guard image.)
KUWAIT – Vice Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr.. Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area, introduces the senior leadership of forward deployed Coast Guard forces at Camp Patriot, Kuwait, to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and the U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, Deborah Jones, during an all hands meeting July 2009. (U.S. Coast Guard image.)

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