Brig. Gen. Ron Allen of the U.S. Air Force has joined NNSA as the new Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application in the Office of Defense Programs.
In a recent all-hands meeting at NNSA’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, Allen addressed his new teammates, expressing an eagerness to get started on his two-year assignment.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you, figuring out what our issues are, and understanding how I fit into that – helping you overcome any issues and move the ball in this very important enterprise,” Allen said.
This key leadership position involves overseeing stockpile management activities, major modernization programs, and secure transportation of special nuclear materials, as part of the ongoing effort to maintain an effective nuclear deterrent that is safe, secure, and reliable.
Acting Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Phil Calbos introduced Allen and bid farewell to Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton, who has completed his time in the post. Lutton has moved on to the Joint Staff at the Pentagon.
“We are getting some phenomenal officers and they are taking what they learned here and taking it back to the Air Force, back to U.S. Strategic Command, and that is a multiplier effect,” Calbos said.
Allen comes from Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, where he served as the 341st Missile Wing Commander for two years, overseeing 150 nuclear-capable launch facilities and about 4,000 people.
“All of those personnel are about 18-24. So, if I break into a Vince Lombardi speech trying to motivate you, just remind me that you’ve got shoes older than most of these folks I just came from,” Allen joked.
Prior to his assignment at Malmstrom, Allen was vice commander at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. He attended Texas A&M University with an ROTC scholarship and hails from Marianna, Arkansas.