Thad Allen, United States Coast Guard Admiral (retired)

Thad Allen served an illustrious career with the United States Coast Guard, retiring at the age of 61 with the rank of Admiral and serving in the highest position, Commandant. Prior to his post as Commandant of the Coast Guard, he spent his career serving several posts both at sea and on shore and moving up the ranks fairly quickly. Notable positions while in active duty include: Commander Atlantic Area and U.S. Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic, Commanding Office USCG headquarters and Chief of Staff from ’02-’06. While serving as the Chief of Staff, Michael Chertoff appointed Allen as FEMA Deputy In-Charge of search and rescue and recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 2005, Allen was given full command of Katrina relief efforts under the Bush administration. Following his performance during Katrina relief efforts, Allen was chosen by Obama to serve as the National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill disaster. Allen holds two master’s degrees from George Washington University and MIT. Admiral Allen is highly decorated for his service in the Coast Guard. He is served as Senior Fellow at the RAND Corporation and is now Senior Vice President at Booz, Allen, Hamilton.

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