Commander Nathan W. Allen

Executive Officer, Special Missions Training Center


Commander Allen currently serves as the Executive Officer of the Coast Guard Special Missions Training Center, where he is responsible for developing and delivering high risk training to over 1200 students annually to improve performance, ensure safety, promote proficiency and enforce standardization for Deployable Specialized Forces.

Prior to this assignment, Commander Allen was assigned to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Within the DHS Office of the Secretary, he served from 2016 to 2018 as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Joint Requirements Council. From 2012 to 2015, Commander Allen served at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi, where he was Chief of Law Enforcement, Chief of Planning, and a Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator. In these positions, he was responsible for operational and contingency planning and execution in south Texas and New Mexico and along the United States – Mexico maritime border. Prior to this assignment, he was assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Workforce Forecasting and Analysis, where he developed the Officer Corps and Enlisted Management Plans. Additionally, he has earned over 6 years of sea time from assignments to Coast Guard Cutters DECISIVE and STATEN ISLAND and the Afloat Training Group in Norfolk, VA.

Commander Allen is a 2001 graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy with a degree in Operations Research and Computer Analysis. In 2008, he earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. In 2016, Commander Allen earned a Master’s Degree in Defense and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.

A native of Covington, Indiana, Commander Allen is married to the former Victoria Hopkins of Morehead City, NC and, they have two boys. 

Commander Allen’s personal decorations include the Secretary of Homeland Security Staff Identification Badge, permanent Advanced Boat Forces Pin, Meritorious Service Medal, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals and numerous other personal, unit, and team awards.