Allen remained on active duty for 36 days after being succeeded as commandant while serving as Deepwater Horizon National Incident Commander
. He officially retired from the U.S. Coast Guard on 30 June 2010, but continued to serve as National Incident Commander for an additional three months. He has worked as an Executive Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton
since November 2011.
Early life and education
Allen and his crewmen in August 1975 (front row, second from the right).
United States Coast Guard
In his four decades of service, Allen has held operational command both at sea and ashore, conducting missions to support the maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship interests of the nation. Allen was the last commanding officer of LORAN
Station Lampang, Thailand, serving there from 1974 to 1975. Station Lampang was part of the LORAN chain first put into use in 1966 as part of "Operation Tight Reign" in support of military operations in the Vietnam War.
He served aboard USCGC Androscoggin (WHEC-68)
, and USCGC Gallatin (WHEC-721)
and commanded USCGC Citrus (WLB-300)
. He performed dual roles as commanding officer of Group Long Island Sound and Captain of the Port
, and he commanded Group Atlantic City. He also commanded the Seventh Coast Guard District
in Miami and the Atlantic Area in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Portrait of Admiral Thad Allen as he assumed the office of commandant of the Coast Guard, May 2006.
Allen's first assignment as a flag officer
was as Director of Resources at Coast Guard Headquarters then Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District, where he directed all operations in the Southeastern United States and Caribbean. Following that assignment he served as Commander, Atlantic Area and U.S. Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic. In this capacity he oversaw all Coast Guard operations on the U.S. East Coast, Gulf Coast, and Great Lakes in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks
. Allen served as the U.S. Coast Guard's Chief of Staff from May 2002 until May 2006. As Chief of Staff, Allen was third in the Coast Guard's command structure, and was commanding officer of Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
On 9 September 2005, Allen was given full command of the Bush administration's Hurricane Katrina onsite relief efforts. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff elevated Allen following the removal of Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael D. Brown from that position. Allen announced on 25 January that he would be relieved of this responsibility on 27 January 2006.
Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard
Deepwater Horizon oil spill
On 30 April 2010, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
announced that Allen would serve as the National Incident Commander
for the federal government's response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
in the Gulf of Mexico
After the end of his service as Commandant on 25 May 2010, Allen continued serving as National Incident Commander until 1 October 2010, when that billet was disestablished.
He also remained on active duty in the Coast Guard until June 30, 2010, which was the first time in history the Coast Guard had two active duty four-star admirals.
The position of Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard
has since been made a four-star rank.
RAND Corporation and Booz Allen Hamilton
In October 2010, Allen joined the RAND Corporation
as a senior fellow.
On 28 November 2011, Booz Allen Hamilton
named Allen a Senior Vice President, joining the firm's Justice and Homeland Security business and leading development of thought leadership and client engagement regarding the direction of law enforcement and homeland security.
Allen's civilian awards include the 2006 Strategic Vision Award by the Global Strategy Institute (GSI) of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). In 2009, he was awarded the Admiral Of The Ocean Sea Award (AOTOS) from the United Seaman's Service and the 2009 Business Achievement Award given by Beta Gamma Sigma
, the academic honor society
affiliated with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
. He was nominated for this award by the United States Coast Guard Academy.
Allen, in May 2013, also received an honorary doctorate in public service from the George Washington University
Awards and decorations
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- ^ "Booz Allen Names Admiral Thad Allen as Senior Vice President," Booz Allen Hamilton website, 28 Nov 2011: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 December 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
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- ^ a b c Official biography, U.S. Coast Guard website
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- ^ a b c d "Impact of Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations" (PDF). Summary Report. National Ice Center and United States Arctic Research Commission. 2007. p. 56. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
- ^ Speech at Coast Guard Station Washington, D.C, 25 January 2006
- ^ Commandant's Corner, USCG Website
- ^ http://hamptonroads.com/2009/12/obama-nominates-portsmouthbased-vice-adm-be-next-coast-guard-commandant
- ^ "Thad Allen named National Incident Commander for Deepwater Horizon spill". Retrieved 21 August 2019.
- ^ "Admiral Allen Steps Down as Gulf Oil Spill Response Commander". www.ens-newswire.com. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
- ^ "Change of Command: Commandant of the Coast Guard". Compass Archive. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
- ^https://www.rand.org/about/people/a/allen_thad_w.html#overview Archived 28 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
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- ^ "Ethical Business Leadership" Archived 14 April 2013 at archive.today in Beta Gamma Sigma International Exchange, Vol. 8 No. 2 (2009 Summer), p. 3.
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- ^ "Homeland Security Advisory Council Members". U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 13 February 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- ^ a b Navy Times dated 25 May 2010
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- ^ Gold award star per COMDTINST M1650.25D, Table 1
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