USCG Commandant Speaks at C-PORT Conference


Admiral Thad Allen Guest Speaker at C-PORT


C-PORT, Conference of Professional Operators for Response Towing, the national association for the Marine Assistance Industry, welcomed Admiral Thad Allen as Guest Speaker at the 23rd Annual C-PORT Conference Awards Banquet on Tuesday evening, January 26, 2010.  C-PORT was privileged when the Commandant, US Coast Guard, accepted their invitation to speak to the membership at the Awards Banquet.


Admiral Allen delivered a lively message to the audience, recounting his rise through the ranks of the Coast Guard.  He imparted the message that there are many lessons learned along the way; each one helping to shape our lives and our abilities to make sound decisions.  The Commandant received a standing ovation from the C-PORT members and their guests.  “The Commandant spent time with the members,” comments Tina Cardone, C-PORT Executive Director.  “Everyone was honored to have Admiral Allen take part in the C-PORT Awards Banquet.”


Admiral Allen leads the largest component of the Department of Homeland Security with the US Coast Guard comprised of over 40,000 active duty men and women and an additional 49,000 civilians, reservists and volunteer auxiliarists.  His leadership was shown after the attacks of September 11, 2001 and again through the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  His crisis leadership skills are again being called upon as he leads the Coast Guard humanitarian efforts in Haiti.


C-PORT was founded in 1985 to act as a liaison between the marine assistance industry and public agencies and organizations involved with boating safety, marine assistance, marine salvage and other marine-related operations.  The association was created in part to afford a means of cooperation with the government in matters of national concern; to provide an objective, self-regulating body for the marine assistance industry; and to promote, through legislative, regulatory, and governmental initiatives, the maintenance and expansion of the marine assistance industry.  For more information, contact C-PORT at (954) 261-2012 or visit www.cport.us.





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