>Crisis-Tested Veteran Gets Arduous Final Task

>ROBERT, La. — After nearly four decades of service, Adm. Thad W. Allen, the 61-year-old commandant of the Coast Guard, was set to give up his post this month and retire soon after. But in a twist taken from a Hollywood action movie, he has been tapped to step in for one last job, perhaps the most difficult of his career, before he goes.

Admiral Allen was selected last week to oversee the Obama administration’s response to the oil spill gushing out of a well in the Gulf of Mexico that threatens to become the worst environmental disaster in decades. Read full New York Times article.