The Honorable Allen B. West
former U.S. Representative for the 22nd Congressional District of Florida
Recipient of the Freedom Flame Award
Former Congressman Allen West received the Center for Security Policy’s 2013 Freedom Flame Award. The Freedom Flame Award recognizes individuals who have exemplified the ideals of freedom, democracy, economic opportunity and international strength to which the Center for Security Policy is committed. The Award acknowledges the past contributions of its recipients while serving as a reminder that the goals for which they have worked so valiantly require the continuing, unflagging efforts of those who follow in their footsteps.
Allen West was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia in the same neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached. He is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones: in Operation Desert Storm, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was a Battalion Commander in the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, and later in Afghanistan. He received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. Allen retired from the Army in 2004 and was elected to the United States Congress to represent Florida’s 22nd District in 2010. As a member of the 112th Congress, he sat on the Small Business and Armed Services Committees and was instrumental in passage of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. In January, 2013, Allen joined PJ Media as Director of Next Generation Programming where he leads Next Generation TV. In addition, he has lent his name to the Allen West Foundation, which seeks to inspire the next generation of leaders, and the Allen West Guardian Fund, which provides support to conservative minority and veteran candidates. Allen is an avid distance runner, a Master SCUBA diver and motorcyclist. His wife, Angela, holds an MBA and Ph.D. and is a financial planner. His older daughter, Aubrey, attends college in south Florida, and his younger daughter Austen, is in high school.