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January 16, 2006

UPI: Thad Allen tipped to head Coast Guard

Filed under: DHS News — by Christian Beckner on January 16, 2006

UPI is reporting today that the White House plans to nominate Vice Adm. Thad Allen soon to be the next Commandant of the US Coast Guard:

One administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because personnel decisions are confidential, told United Press International that the nominee would be Coast Guard Chief of Staff Vice Adm. Thad Allen.

Allen — who burnished his reputation, and that of the agency, when he stepped in to take control of post-Katrina recovery operations from the disgraced and later fired head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michael Brown — is “far and away the best qualified candidate,” agreed Stephen Flynn.

The full article is worth a read; it contains interesting background information on Allen’s career in the Coast Guard, prior to his high-profile work leading the Katrina recovery. And it discusses some of the key challenges facing the Coast Guard and its next commandant.

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January 19, 2006 @ 3:32 pm

[…] As reported on Monday by UPI and noted here, Vice Adm. Thad Allen was nominated today by the White House to be the next Commandant of the Coast Guard: President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate Vice Admiral Thad W. Allen to be Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. Vice Admiral Allen currently serves as Chief of Staff for the United States Coast Guard. He also served as the Principal Federal Official overseeing Hurricane Katrina response and recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast region. […]

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