Admiral Thad Allen named Patriot of the Year

The Mobile Bay Area Veterans Day Commission chose retired Adm. Thad Allen, former commandant of the Coast Guard, for Patriot of the Year. Adm. Allen was honored at the Veterans Day Parade in Mobile, Nov. 11, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA2 Ryan Tippets)

The Mobile Bay Area Veterans Day Commission chose retired Adm. Thad Allen, former commandant of the Coast Guard, for Patriot of the Year. Adm. Allen was honored at the Veterans Day Parade in Mobile, Nov. 11, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA2 Ryan Tippets)

 

The Mobile Bay Area Veterans Day Commission chose Admiral Thad Allen (Ret.), former Commandant of the Coast Guard for Patriot of the Year. Admiral Allen was given the award at the Honors Luncheon held in Mobile, Ala., Nov. 10, 2015

Allen was chosen for his decades of service and commitment to the country.

Over the course of nearly four decades, Allen held nine operational commands at sea and ashore conducting missions to support America’s maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship interests

As Commandant, Allen led the Coast Guard during critical times for not only the service, but the nation as well. He led the Coast Guard’s response in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and the Coast Guard’s rescue of 33,500 people, the Haiti earthquake response, and he was the National Incident Commander for the BP Oil Spill response.

In reference to Veterans Day, Allen said, “It’s nice to be down here under circumstances where we can celebrate something really important to our country, something we can believe in, something that’s foundational to our lives.”

The son of a Coast Guard Chief, Allen spent his life around the service, and underlined the importance of supporting veterans.

“It comes down to veterans and the military and how we treat them. We should treat them like they are our own family. Veterans should know; we always have their backs.”

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