A second generation Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper serving Troop F, headquartered in Ardmore, was promoted to captain Thursday and named the troop’s new commander.

“It is with great pride that we promote Allen Henry to the rank of captain and assign him as the commander for Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop F. Captain Allen reflects the leadership traits, professionalism, core values and temperament of what we expect from an Oklahoma Highway Patrol commander. Captain Allen assumes a tremendous responsibility as the principle representative of state law enforcement in his area. To have been selected to command one of the 13 OHP field troops is a great honor only given to a few,” said Col. Rick Adams, OHP Chief, adding, “Commissioner (Michael) Thompson and I have the utmost confidence in his ability to achieve the mission of the Department of Public Safety and provide a safe and secure environment for the citizens we protect.”

Adams’ comments came during Henry’s promotion ceremonies conducted at Ardmore Convention Center.

Henry, the son of retired Trooper Ron Henry,” called his promotion and new assignment, “an honor and humbling. I’m grateful for the opportunity. I’m a second generation trooper to serve Troop F. I’ve been here most of my life and career. It’s my home.”

A Plainview High School graduate, Henry obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from Panhandle State University, before graduating from the 47th OHP Patrol Academy in 1992.

Henry’s wife, Karen; daughter, Kali; mother, Barbara; brother, Carter County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Daron Henry; extended family and friends, members of Troop F. as well as, Ardmore Police Chief Ken Grace and Carter County Sheriff Milton Anthony attended the ceremony that marked the next phase of the 22-year OHP veteran’s career.

Henry credited Troop F’s troopers for helping him attain his captain’s bars and assignment as commander.

“They are a great bunch of guys and I could not have accomplished this without their help” he said.

Henry succeeds Capt. Ronnie Hampton, who served as Troop F commander until his reassignment earlier this month.

In addition to his duties overseeing the troop, which includes Carter, Johnston, Love, Marshall, Murray, Garvin and Pontotoc counties, Henry is also OHP’s statewide Emergency Response Team commander. In his role as ERT commander, Henry oversees the patrol’s response to natural disasters and emergency situations, as well as security for visiting dignitaries and events like the upcoming governor’s inaugural events.