A man whose face has become familiar to millions of Americans over the last two months, Adm. Thad Allen, has announced his retirement from the Coast Guard. He will continue as the National Incident Commander of the BP oil spill.
In a statement, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano thanked Allen for his service.
"I commend Admiral Allen for nearly 40 years of dedicated military service in the Coast Guard," she said. "Throughout his career, our nation has turned to Thad Allen for leadership at times of great crisis, and this is one of those times."
Thad Allen has provided excellent leadership as the national commander of our massive response to the largest environmental disaster in our nation's history, and he will continue to leverage his decades of experience in civilian duty as the National Incident Commander for this spill.