Adm. Allen receives Great American Patriot Award

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Adm. Allen accept award
Retired Adm. Thad Allen accepts the Great American Patriot Award from the Armed Forces Insurance group during the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl halftime show at Gerald J. Ford stadium. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by PA3 Richard Brahm.

Yesterday, Adm. Thad Allen was presented with the 2010 Great American Patriot Award during halftime of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl between Army and Southern Methodist University.

Opening ceremony
SK1 Howie Groves, a Coast Guard recruiter stationed in Dallas, takes part in the opening ceremony at the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by PA3 Richard Brahm.

The award, presented annually by Armed Forces Insurance, honors an American patriot who has spent a career going above and beyond the call of duty to serve and protect our country. Allen joins Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen and Army Gen. David Petraeus as a recipient of the award.

Allen was recognized for his 39 years of active duty service in the Coast Guard, culminating with his selection as the 23rd Commandant of the Coast Guard, and his willingness to continue to serve his nation as the National Incident Commander in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill after his retirement in June 2010.

Capt. Woodring swears in recruits
Capt. Marcus Woodring, commander of Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston, swears in a group of recruits during halftime. More than 20 recruits from the recruiting office in Dallas took the oath during the ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by PA3 Richard Brahm.

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