THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
VICE ADMIRAL JAMES M. LOY TO BE COAST GUARD COMMANDANT
President Clinton announced his intention today to nominate Vice Admiral James M. Loy, USCG, to be the twenty-first Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, succeeding Admiral Bob Kramek.
Admiral Loy has served his country for 34 years, distinguishing himself in a number of challenging assignments and consistently demonstrating strong leadership. A native of Altoona, Pennsylvania, Admiral Loy joined the Armed Forces as a cadet at the Coast Guard Academy in 1960. Most recently, he has served as the Coast Guard's Chief of Staff. Other assignments have included command of the Coast Guard's Atlantic Area and Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic, command of the Eighth Coast Guard District, and Chief of the Office of Personnel and Training. Vice Admiral Loy has commanded four Coast Guard Cutters including 43 combat patrols in Vietnam.
In addition to a B.S. from the Coast Guard Academy, Admiral Loy has earned advanced degrees from Wesleyan University and the University of Rhode Island. He is also an honor graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He and his wife, the former Kay McGirk, have two children including a son who is a Coast Guard officer stationed in New Orleans.