Admiral Thad Allen to receive 2010 Great American Patriot Award


FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Admiral Thad Allen, United States Coast Guard (Retired) has been named the recipient of the 2010 Great American Patriot Award. The award will be presented by Armed Forces Insurance (www.afi.org), the sponsor of the award and the official insurance partner of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. 

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“Since completing his duties as the 23rd commandant of the United States Coast Guard, the most senior post in that service, Admiral Allen has continued to devote his time and efforts to serving our country,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. “We are honored to present this award to him for the legacy of service that he represents.” 

Admiral Allen will formally accept the award from chairman of Armed Forces Insurance, COL Tom Dials (U.S. Army, Ret.) during halftime of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl game on December 30.

“We are very proud to support this award and the part it plays in recognizing the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. Our troops have dedicated their very lives to serving our country; they truly epitomize the professionalism and spirit of selfless service that AFI was founded to foster and protect more than 120 years ago,” Dials remarked.

“Since completing his duties as the 23rd commandant of the United States Coast Guard, the most senior post in that service, Admiral Allen has continued to devote his time and efforts to serving our country.”

Admiral Thad Allen served as the national incident commander for the unified response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on May 1, 2010. He held this position while concurrently finishing his tenure as the 23rd commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. Allen was charged with oversight of all ongoing response efforts to cease the flow of oil and to mitigate the effects of the worst oil disaster in U.S. history. In seeking to bring a global unity of effort to response endeavors, Allen was in charge of coordinating with various federal, state and local organizations while directing the efforts of BP, the responsible party in the spill.

Prior to his assignments as commandant and the Coast Guard chief of staff, Allen served as commander of the Coast Guard Atlantic Area in Portsmouth, Va., where he led the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area response forces following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In 2005, Allen was designated the principal federal official for Hurricane Katrina and Rita responses and recovery operations throughout the Gulf region. A 1971 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Admiral Thad Allen completed 39 years of service before officially retiring from active duty service on June 30, 2010.


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