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Thad Allen to Address Potomac Officers Club Sept. 29

Thad Allen to Address Potomac Officers Club Sept. 29 - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Thad Allen
Thad Allen to Address Potomac Officers Club Sept. 29 - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Thad Allen

Retired Adm. Thad Allen will address the Potomac Officers Club at an upcoming luncheon Sept. 29 at 11:30 a.m.

Allen joined the RAND Corporation as a senior fellow in October 2010 after completing a 39-year career in the Coast Guard.

Allen’s last assignment prior to retirement was a four-year term as 23rd Commandant of the Coast Guard.

In 2010, Allen served as National Incident Commander for the unified response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He was responsible for oversight of all response efforts to cease the flow of oil and mitigate the effects of the worst oil disaster in U.S. history.

Allen was also in charge of coordinating with various state and local entities, as well as directing the efforts of BP, the responsible party in the spill.

Prior to serving as commandant, Allen served as the Coast Guard's chief of staff. During his tenure in that position, in 2005, he was designated Principal Federal Official for the U.S. government’s response and recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita throughout the Gulf Coast region.

Other Coast Guard assignments included commander of the Atlantic Area and Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic — where in 2001 he led the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area forces following the September 11 attacks. He previously served as commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District, where he oversaw all operations in the southeastern U.S. and in the Caribbean.

Allen has been awarded the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal with gold star, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal with two gold stars, and the Legion of Merit.

Allen is a native of Tucson, Ariz. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1971. He holds a master's degree in public administration from George Washington University. He received GWU's Alumni Achievement Award in 2006. He also holds a master's degree in management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was elected a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow in 2003.

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