Master Chief Mark H. Allen performed his duties as the fifth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve from May 2010 through May 2014. As such, he served as the senior reserve enlisted advisor to the Commandant. Master Chief Allen advised him on workforce policies especially those effecting Reservists. He also partnered with the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard to advocate for military benefits and entitlements, and served as the senior reserve enlisted mentor. Master Chief Allen devoted much time traveling throughout the Coast Guard observing training and communicating with Coast Guardsmen and their families.
A native of Beltsville, MD, Master Chief Allen holds Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Project Management degrees from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Public Relations from Frostburg State University. He also is pursuing a PhD in Project Management degree at Drexel University.