Bush to nominate Allen for Coast Guard commandant

President Bush intends to nominate Vice Adm. Thad Allen to become commandant of the Coast Guard.

Allen, who currently serves as the Coast Guard's chief of staff, was the principal government official overseeing the federal response to the Gulf Coast hurricanes.

Before becoming chief of staff, Allen served as commander of the Coast Guard's Atlantic area, the 5th Coast Guard district and the Maritime Defense Zone, Atlantic Fleet.

He also led the Atlantic forces in the Coast Guard's response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Allen received his bachelor's degree from the Coast Guard Academy and has master's degrees from The George Washington University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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