John R. Allen

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John R. Allen

General John R. Allen, Commander, International Security Assistance Force
Born(1953-12-15) December 15, 1953 (age 58)[1]
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Service/branchUSMC logo.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service1976–present
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands heldInternational Security Assistance Force
U.S. Forces Afghanistan
U.S. Central Command (Deputy Commander)
2nd Battalion, 4th Marines
2nd Battalion, 6th Marines
The Basic School
U.S. Naval Academy – Commandant of Midshipmen
II Marine Expeditionary Force
Battles/warsOperation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (4)
Leftwich Leadership Trophy
 
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John R. Allen

General John R. Allen, Commander, International Security Assistance Force
Born(1953-12-15) December 15, 1953 (age 58)[1]
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Service/branchUSMC logo.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service1976–present
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands heldInternational Security Assistance Force
U.S. Forces Afghanistan
U.S. Central Command (Deputy Commander)
2nd Battalion, 4th Marines
2nd Battalion, 6th Marines
The Basic School
U.S. Naval Academy – Commandant of Midshipmen
II Marine Expeditionary Force
Battles/warsOperation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (4)
Leftwich Leadership Trophy

John R. Allen (born December 15, 1953) is a United States Marine Corps four-star general. On July 18, 2011, Allen assumed command of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) as Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A), succeeding Army General David Petraeus.[2]

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Education

Allen attended Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia. He graduated with military honors from the U.S. Naval Academy with the Class of 1976, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Analysis. He is a 1998 Distinguished Graduate of the National War College. He holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College, and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

Marine Corps career

Following commissioning in 1976, Allen attended The Basic School and was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, where he served as a platoon and rifle company commander. His next tour took him to Marine Barracks, 8th and I, Washington, D.C. where he served at the Marine Corps Institute and as a ceremonial officer.

Allen then attended the Postgraduate Intelligence Program of the Defense Intelligence College, where he was the Distinguished Graduate. He subsequently served as the Marine Corps Fellow to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He was the first Marine Corps officer inducted as a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Returning to the Fleet Marine Force in 1985 he commanded rifle and weapons companies and served as the operations officer of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines. During this period he received the Leftwich Leadership Trophy. In 1988, Allen reported to the U.S. Naval Academy where he taught in the Political Science Department and also served as the Jump Officer and Jump Master of the Academy. In 1990 he received the William P. Clements Award as military instructor of the year.

Allen reported to The Basic School as the Director of the Infantry Officer Course from 1990–1992 and was subsequently selected as a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow. Allen has served as a special assistant on the staffs of the 30th Commandant and the Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command. In 1994, he served as the Division G-3 Operations Officer for the 2nd Marine Division and subsequently assumed command of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines; re-designated as 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines. This unit served with JTF-160 in Operation SEA SIGNAL during Caribbean contingency operations in 1994, and as part of the Landing Force of the 6th Fleet in Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR during Balkans contingency operations in 1995–1996.

Following battalion command, Allen reported as the Senior Aide-de-camp to the 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps, Charles C. Krulak, ultimately serving as his military secretary.

He commanded The Basic School from 1999 to 2001, when he was selected in April 2001 to return to the Naval Academy as the Deputy Commandant. Allen became the 79th Commandant of Midshipmen in January 2002, the first Marine Corps officer to serve in this position at the Naval Academy. [3] In January 2003 Allen was nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.[4]

Allen's first tour as a General Officer was as the Principal Director, Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, a position he occupied for nearly three years. From 2006–2008, Allen served as Deputy Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force and Commanding General, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, deploying to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08, serving as the Deputy Commanding General of Multi-National Forces West and II MEF (Forward) in the Al Anbar Province, Iraq. In January 2007 Allen was nominated for appointment to the grade of major general.[5]

In June 2008 Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced Allen's nomination for promotion to the rank of lieutenant general.[6] He served as the deputy commander of the U.S. Central Command from 15 July 2008 – 1 June 2011 at MacDill Air Force Base.[7][8] On June 30, 2010 Allen temporarily commanded Central Command after General David Petraeus left to assume command of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.[9] He served as acting commander until General James Mattis took command on August 11.[10][11][12] Allen was promoted to general by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen prior to his assumption of command of ISAF, and U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) on 18 July 2011.[2]

Foreign awards include the Mongolian Meritorious Service Medal, First Class; the Polish Army Medal in Gold; and the Taiwan Order of the Resplendent Banner with Special Cravat.

On March 6, 2012 he received the Polish Afghanistan Star Medal from Polish President, Bronisław Komorowski[13].

On April 20, 2012 he received another Polish award, the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland[14].

Awards and decorations

Allen's personal decorations include:

USN Parachutist.pngSecDefBadge.gif
 US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg 
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
 Defense Meritorious Service ribbon.svg
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Silver star
Order of the Cloud and Banner 4th.gifPOL Order Zaslugi RP kl3 BAR.pngPOL Gwiazda Afganistanu BAR.svgPOL Złoty Medal Wojska Polskiego BAR.svg
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
1st RowNavy and Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia
2nd RowDefense Distinguished Service MedalDefense Superior Service MedalLegion of Merit w/ 3 award starsDefense Meritorious Service Medal
3rd RowMeritorious Service Medal w/ 1 award starNavy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ 3 award starsNavy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/ 1 award starJoint Meritorious Unit Award w/ 1 oak leaf cluster
4th RowNavy Unit CommendationNavy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 2 service starsNational Defense Service Medal w/ 2 service starsArmed Forces Expeditionary Medal
5th RowIraq Campaign Medal w/ 1 service starGlobal War on Terrorism Expeditionary MedalGlobal War on Terrorism Service MedalKorea Defense Service Medal
6th RowArmed Forces Service MedalHumanitarian Service MedalNavy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 5 service starsNATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia
7th RowOrder of the Cloud and Banner with Special CravatOrder of Merit of the Republic of Poland, 3rd degree (Commander's Cross)Polish Afghanistan StarPolish Army Medal in Gold

He also holds expert rifle and pistol badges.

See also


Notes

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b "General John R. Allen Assumes Command of ISAF". isaf.nato.int/article/isaf-releases/index.php. ISAF Headquarters Public Affairs. http://www.isaf.nato.int/article/isaf-releases/general-john-r.-allen-assumes-command-of-isaf.html. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Gen. Allen reflects on his assignment at the USNA in In the Shadow of Greatness. Naval Institute Press, 2012, book authored by the UNSA Class of 2002.
  4. ^ "Marine nominated for No. 2 CENTCOM post". Stars and Stripes. 15 June 2008. http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=55574. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "General Officer Announcement – nomination of MajGen John R. Allen for appointment as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command". Marine Corps Gazette. https://www.mca-marines.com/gazette/majgen_allen.asp. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "Lieutenant General John R. Allen, Deputy Commander". U.S. CENTCOM Leadership. CENTCOM. http://www.centcom.mil/en/about-centcom/leadership/. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Lt. Gen. Allen named CENTCOM acting commander" (Press release). U.S. Central Command. 30 June 2010. http://www.centcom.mil/en/press-releases/lt-gen-allen-named-centcom-acting-commander. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Mattis takes over Central Command, vows to work with Mideast allies in Afghanistan, Iraq". Associated Press (Los Angeles Times). August 11, 2010. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-us-mattis-central-command,0,3331254.story. Retrieved 12 August 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ Mitchell, Robbyn (August 12, 2010). "Mattis takes over as CentCom chief". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1. http://www.tampabay.com/news/article1114800.ece. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Mattis assumes command of CENTCOM". U.S. Central Command. August 11, 2010. http://www.centcom.mil/news/mattis-assumes-command-of-centcom. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  11. ^ Spotkanie z polskimi żołnierzami w Afganistanie – last (8th) photo.
  12. ^ Order dla gen. Johna Allena, dowódcy ISAF

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Military offices
Preceded by
Samuel J. Locklear
Commandant of United States Naval Academy
79th
Succeeded by
Charles J. Leidig
Preceded by
David Petraeus
Commander of the International Security Assistance Force
2011–Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
David Petraeus
Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan
2011-Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent