Commander Henry J. Allen
A native of Williamston, South Carolina, CDR Allen enlisted in the Navy in June 1990 and served as a nuclear-trained Electrician’s Mate onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) from April 1992 to August 1993. He was commissioned through the NROTC program at Boston University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University (2004) and is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College (2009) and Joint Forces Staff College (2010).
CDR Allen’s sea assignments include Gunnery Officer onboard USS RAMAGE (DDG 61) (1998-1999), Reactor Propulsion Division Officer onboard PCU RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) (2000-2002), Operations Officer onboard USS NITZE (DDG 94) (2005-2007), Chemistry/Radiological Controls Assistant and Reactor Training Assistant onboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) (2007-2009). He has deployed in support of operations NOBLE ANVIL, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and counter-piracy operations in the Horn of Africa (HOA).
CDR Allen’s shore duty assignments include Assistant Professor of Naval Science at University of South Florida NROTC Unit (2002-2004), Joint Force Analyst at U.S. Joint Forces Command (J33) and Joint Chiefs of Staff (J31) (2010-2011), and Maintenance Coordinator (N43) for USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) at Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic (CNAL) (2011-2013).
CDR Allen’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is a recipient of the Arleigh Burke Leadership and Top Gunner Awards from Department Head School (2005), the Commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) Navy Marine Association Leadership Award (2006), the Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Navy Marine Association Leadership Award (2007), and the Vice Admiral Bulkeley Distinguished Graduate Award from the Prospective Commanding Officer’s Course (2013).