Commander Allen is a 2022-23 National Security Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy in 2002 and from the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 2014. His most recent operational assignment was commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast, homeported in Astoria, OR. Previous afloat assignments include commanding officer of cutters William Flores (Miami, FL) and Baranof (Manama, Bahrain), executive officer of cutters Waesche (Alameda, CA) and Tornado (Pascagoula, MS), and assistant operations officer of cutter Venturous (St. Petersburg, FL).  Ashore, Allen served as a nautical science instructor at the US Coast Guard Academy and action officer in the Office of Counterterrorism and Defense Operations at Coast Guard Headquarters.

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