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Bush Picks New Coast Guard Leader

President Bush on Thursday chose Vice Adm. Thad W. Allen, who is overseeing federal recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, to be commandant of the Coast Guard.

Allen currently serves as chief of staff of the Coast Guard.

The nomination was announced as Bush met with leaders of charities and foundations involved in the recovery effort.

"There is no doubt in my mind that out of this incredible devastation will come a better tomorrow," Bush said. He said the people in Louisiana and Mississippi should know "that their voices of despair and concern are being heard all around the country."