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Adm. Thad Allen (USCG-Ret.), who led federal response to the BP oil spill, will receive GSN/Raytheon leadership award

Adm. Thad Allen
(USCG-Ret.)

Government Security News has announced that Admiral Thad Allen (USCG-Ret.), who became a household name as leader of the federal government’s effort to confront the devastating BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, has been named as the 2011 recipient of the GSN/Raytheon Award for Distinguished Leadership and Innovation in Public Safety and Security.

This prestigious award, which GSN says will become an annual tradition, is being sponsored by the Raytheon Company, a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world that is headquartered in Waltham, MA. The award will be jointly bestowed by Government Security News and Raytheon.

Admiral Allen also served as Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and as the second leader of the federal effort to cope with Hurricane Katrina (after then-Secretary of DHS, Michael Chertoff, relieved then-FEMA Director Michael Brown of those responsibilities and chose Adm. Allen to take over in September 2005.)

“Admiral Allen is truly an outstanding American,” observed Adrian Courtenay, managing partner of World Business Media, LLC, the corporate parent of Government Security News. “He not only served his country during a long and distinguished career with the Coast Guard, but then stepped up during two moments of extreme crisis and helped guide the nation through those catastrophes in a thoughtful and steadfast manner.”

“Raytheon is proud to have established, along with GSN, this premier award that reflects our commitment to the public safety market,” said  Daniel J. Crowley, president of Raytheon Network Centric Systems. “Admiral Allen, who is a public servant of remarkable talent and devotion, exemplifies the best in leadership qualities and innovative thinking.”

The GSN/Raytheon award will be one of the highlights of a glittering gala dinner that Government Security News is hosting at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC, on November 14, 2011, at which all of the winners of the 3rd annual GSN homeland security awards competition will be announced. Government agencies and commercial companies that have made outstanding contributions to the field of homeland security during the past 12 months -- in Government Programs, IT Security and Physical Security – will be recognized and thanked.

Due to an unavoidable schedule conflict, Adm. Allen will not be present in the hotel ballroom on Nov. 14, but will send his greetings, via videotape, to those in attendance.

Admiral Allen had a long and distinguished career with the U.S. Coast Guard, according to his official bio.

A native of Tucson, AZ, he graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1971. He assumed the duties of the 23rd Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on May 25, 2006.

He previously served as the Coast Guard Chief of Staff and Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Headquarters, in Washington, DC, from 2002 to 2006. He also served as the Chairman of the Department of Homeland Security’s Joint Requirements Council from 2003 to 2006.

In September 2005, Admiral Allen was designated the Principal Federal Official for Hurricane Katrina response and recovery operations in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He additionally served as Principal Federal Official for Hurricane Rita response and recovery activities in Louisiana.

Prior to his assignment as Chief of Staff, Admiral Allen served as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area, Fifth Coast Guard District, and U.S. Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic in Portsmouth, Va., where he was the operational commander for all Coast Guard activities in an area of responsibility spanning five Coast Guard Districts, encompassing more than 14 million square miles and involving 26,000 military and civilian employees, and 27,900 Auxiliarists. Admiral Allen led the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area forces in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

In his other flag assignments, Admiral Allen commanded the Seventh Coast Guard District where he directed Coast Guard operations in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and throughout the Caribbean. He has also been assigned as the Coast Guard’s Director of Resources at Coast Guard Headquarters, where he was responsible for formulating the Coast Guard’s budget, developing long range plans and managing the Coast Guard’s performance plan.

A specialist in operations both in the coastal and offshore environments, Admiral Allen served aboard three Coast Guard cutters: the Androscoggin, Gallatin and Citrus, which he commanded. His coastal command operational assignments include Captain of the Port / Group Long Island Sound, Connecticut; Group Atlantic City, New Jersey and LORAN Station Lampang, Thailand.

Admiral Allen’s other assignments included a tour as search and rescue controller in the Greater Antilles Section, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Intelligence Watch Officer at DEA/INS El Paso Intelligence Center, El Paso, TX; Chief Budget Officer, Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic, Governors Island, NY; Deputy Project Manager, Fleet Modernization and Rehabilitation (FRAM) Project; and Assistant Division Chief, Programs Division, Office of the Chief of Staff at Coast Guard Headquarters.

Admiral Allen holds a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University and received the Alumni Achievement Award in 2006. He also holds a master’s of science degree from the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003, Admiral Allen was elected a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow.

Admiral Allen is married to the former Pamela Hess of Champaign, IL. She is the assistant dean for student services at the George Mason University School of Management. Together they have three grown children, Amanda, Meghan and Lucas and two grandsons.

Admiral Allen is the son of Clyde and Wilma Allen. Clyde Allen is a retired Coast Guard Chief Damage Controlman and World War II Veteran.

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