Admiral Allen retires from Coast Guard

Admiral Thad Allen. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Grace Baldwin)

Admiral Thad Allen. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Grace Baldwin)

Today, Admiral Thad Allen officially retired from the United States Coast Guard.  When he wakes up tomorrow morning as a civilian, he will no longer wear the uniform but will continue to serve the nation as the National Incident Commander of the BP oil spill.

Back in May, we paid tribute to Admiral Allen with a Guardian of the Week feature on the day Admiral Bob Papp relieved Allen as Commandant of the Coast Guard.

“Admiral Allen is a friend, a shipmate and a great leader. While the Coast Guard will miss having him in uniform, it is no surprise that he has chosen to answer the call and continues to serve our nation,” said Admiral Papp. “I wish him the best.”

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