Allen invites questions for his final State of the Coast Guard speech

Click here to view the Coast Guard commandant’s blog, which includes the call for questions.
The following is the text of an updated press release issued by the Coast Guard:
(WASHINGTON) — U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen, is scheduled to speak at the National Press Club in Washington, as part of the press club’s distinguished speakers series, to outline the service’s goals and priorities for 2010 in his fourth and final State of the Coast Guard address Friday at 12:30 p.m.
In this annual address, Allen will address the Coast Guard’s fiscal year 2011 anticipated budget impacts. He will also advocate for the need to recapitalize the service’s aging ships, aircraft and shore facilities to continue delivering superior services to the Nation and adapt to the maritime challenges of the 21st century.
Allen will discuss the Coast Guard’s recent response efforts in Haiti and highlight the ability of Coast Guard personnel to leverage interagency partnerships, quickly flow forces to vulnerable areas and take action without having to wait for external orders. A question and answer session will follow his remarks. Advance questions can be submitted to the iCommandant blog. He will then be available to meet with media in attendance for a question and answer session.
The luncheon is open to the public, reservations can be made by calling (202) 662-7501 or by e-mailing
By Professional Mariner Staff