Admiral Allen to Outline Plans for Modernizing Coast Guard

WASHINGTON – Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen will outline plans for reorganizing and modernizing the Coast Guard during a speech to a National Press Club luncheon on Feb. 8.

As the United States prepares on March 1 to mark the fifth anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security’s creation, Adm. Allen will deliver a speech entitled, “Honoring Our Past – Not Operating In It: Modernizing America’s Coast Guard to Meet Growing Demands.”

In the speech, Adm. Allen will discuss his strategic and legislative priorities to sustain and restore Coast Guard readiness across all its vital missions, from saving lives to protecting ports.

Confronted with significant growth in commercial shipping, an expansion in coastal development, new energy exploration, and increasing activity in the Arctic associated with climate change, Adm. Allen will discuss ongoing efforts and future plans for the Coast Guard to meet these growing demands.

Adm. Allen assumed the duties of 23rd commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on May 25, 2006. Previously, he was the Coast Guard chief of staff and the principal federal official responsible for recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

SOURCE National Press Club

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