Gates Attends U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • A U.S. Coast Guard Band member warms up as a boat patrols the Potomac River near Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., during the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony, May 25, 2010. Coast Guard Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. relieved Adm. Thad W. Allen as commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard during the ceremony.

 DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • A U.S. Coast Guard boat patrols the Potomac River near Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., during the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command ceremony, May 25, 2010. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, left, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Navy Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of Naval Operations, at the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010. Adm. Thad Allen retired as the 23rd Commandant of the Coast Guard, concluding a 38-year career at the ceremony. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deborah, bid farewell to Pam Allen, wife of U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, at his Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, speaks with Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet Napolitano before the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • A U.S. Coast Guard boat patrols the Potomac River near Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., during the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony, May 25, 2010.  DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Members of the Honor Guard prepare to post the colors during the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrives at the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, center, and outgoing Coast Guard Commandant  Adm. Thad W. Allen are escorted to the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010.  DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, left, his wife, and the Joint Chiefs and their wives, render honors during the singing of the national anthem at the start of the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010.  DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Honor Guard present the colors at the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony for Adm. Thad Allen on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrives at the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addresses the audience during the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and distinguished guests applaud for Adm. Thad W. Allen after he received the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal during the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Adm. Thad W. Allen addresses the audience during the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010.
 DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Adm. Thad W. Allen addresses the audience during the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010.
 DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Pamela Allen, wife of outgoing U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen, laughs as her husband addresses the audience during the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010.
 DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad W. Allen's high school coach smiles as Allen addresses the audience during the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010. 
 DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Retired Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Clyde Allen presents his son, Adm. Thad W. Allen, with his command flag during the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010.  DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Outgoing U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen hugs his father, Retired Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Clyde Allen, during the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010. D0D photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Outgoing U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen receives the American flag during the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C.,May 25, 2010. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. salutes the audience during the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Linda Papp and family and friends applaud as U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. addresses the audience during the U.S. Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C.,May 25, 2010.  DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2010. Allen was was relieved by Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., left, as the 23rd Commandant of the Coast Guard, concluding a 38-year career.   DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley