MSGT Karl K. Allen
Msgt Karl Allen is a 22-year veteran of the Air Force Reserve assigned to the 459th Air Refueling Wing (formerly the 459th Military Airlift Wing) at Andrews Air Force Base, MD. In August of 1990, Msgt. Allen's assigned aircraft, tail number 645, was the second aircraft on the ground in Saudi Arabia, and was later identified as the 10,000 mission to Daharan, S.A. In 2003 Msgt. Allen was recalled to active duty in the early stages of the Iraq war in his capacity as a C-141 heavy airlift maintenance supervisor. His six-month tour was primarily at Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sicily where his unit performed maintenance and refueling on C-141's in transit between the AOR and Germany transporting war supplies to Kuwait, Iraq and points east, and wounded soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. During his tenure as an Air Force reservist he has served shorter tours in locations including bases in Germany, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Incirlik, Turkey.
Msgt. Allen attended Annapolis public schools graduating from Annapolis High School in 1980 and from Lincoln Technical Institute in 1981. He is married to the former Debra J. Owen and has two children, Ryan and Karlee. An Annapolis business owner, he began his business career as a capital newspaper carrier at age 10 and his current business, Karl's Marine Engine Services, Inc. In 1988. He is a member of St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Annapolis where he serves on its Church Council and as a Den leader of its Cub Scout Troop 771. As a descendent of Capt. Robert Walker, an officer in George Washington's Revolutionary War army, he is a successor member to his father in the Society of Cincinnati, a fraternal organization established by its first President General, George Washington and his fellow officers for the purpose of preserving and perpetuating the principles and values upon which our country was founded.