Gates praises outgoing Coast Guard commandant
from American Forces Press Service
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised outgoing Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen for his close working relationship with the military, and said he looks forward to a similar relationship with Allen's successor, Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. Gates spoke at the change-of-command ceremony at Fort Lesley J. McNair, In D.C. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano presided over the ceremony, as her department is the Coast Guard's parent organization.
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