Coast Guard announces selection of new Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Force

Washington – Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard, has announced the selection of BMCM Mark H. Allen as the next Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Force. He will relieve MCPO-CGRF Jeffrey D. Smith during a change of watch ceremony on May 15 at the Coast Guard Telecommunication and Information Systems Command located in Alexandria, Virginia.

Master Chief Allen currently serves as Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville’s Reserve Command Master Chief and is originally from Fort Washington, Maryland. Master Chief Allen originally enlisted in the Coast Guard in April 1977 and has served in the Leadership and Development and Coast Guard Reserve Affairs Branch at Coast Guard Headquarters, Station St. Inigoes, Station Washington, and Station Alexandria. Master Chief Allen has been recalled to active duty in response to contingencies such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks, El Toro II sinking, Air Florida Flight 90 crash, and Mariel Boat Lift. He also served as a member of the Coast Guard Reservist editorial board.

“BMCM Allen has also been a personal mentor to me regarding Reserve Affairs and has proven you can lead from any level in an organization”, said Admiral Allen in making the announcement. “BMCM Allen has demonstrated his commitment to our core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty by his outstanding performance during a 32-year Coast Guard Career.”

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