New Coast Guard commandant takes the helm

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052610_CommandantAdm. Robert J. Papp Jr. assumed command Tuesday as the commandant of the Coast Guard, relieving Adm. Thad W. Allen during a military ceremony at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C.

“I am honored to serve as the 24th commandant of the Coast Guard,” Papp said in a statement. “When I assumed the duties from Admiral Thad Allen … it concluded a series of key rotations and marked the setting of a new watch to lead our service.”

During the ceremony, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates awarded Allen the Defense Distinguished Service Medal. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano presided over the change of command and awarded Allen the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal.

While the ceremony marks the end of Allen’s term as commandant, he will continue to serve as the National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, managing the response effort.

Papp reports to Coast Guard Headquarters from Portsmouth, Va., where he served as commander of the Coast Guard Atlantic Area since 2008. In this position, he served as the operational commander for all Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains east to central Asia, covering more than half of the world, including the recent Haitian earthquake disaster response, Coast Guard support to Operation Iraqi Freedom and counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean.

Allen became the 23rd commandant of the Coast Guard on May 25, 2006. He has led the largest component of the Department of Homeland Security, comprising 42,000 men and women on active duty, 7,000 civilians, 8,000 reservists and 34,000 volunteer Coast Guard Auxiliarists.


2 comments on “New Coast Guard commandant takes the helm

  1. James Wilson

    BRAVO ZULU. If he only lives up to one-half of his reputation, we are in good hands. Demand the best of the people and don’t interfere with their good works–lead don’t push.

  2. Bill McCracken

    To Admiral Allen: Change is always hard. We have gone through change last year with the Director of the Auxiliary, and with the Commander at MSU-Pgh. Now with you. None of you will ever be forgotten. It has been a real honor to serve under you in the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Division 9, 8th Eastern Region. We pray for the best for you, in all you do, and thank you for your loyal support of the Auxiliary as part of Team Coast Guard.
    Admiral Papp: We welcome you, as we have welcomed our new Director of the Auxiliary in Louisville, and Commander at MSU-Pgh. Change is part of growth, and we look forward in growing with you. Anything Division 9, 8th Eastern Region can do for you, please feel free to call upon us. We are proud to be an appreciated part of Team Coast Guard.
    Semper Paratus;
    Bill McCracken-IPDCDR
    Vice Division Commander, Division 9

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