Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has made the following nominations:
Navy Vice Adm. Mark P. Fitzgerald for appointment to the grade of admiral and assignment as commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and commander, Allied Joint Forces Command, Naples, Italy. Fitzgerald is currently serving as director, Navy staff, N09B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Navy Rear Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. for appointment to the grade of vice admiral and assignment as commander, 6th fleet/commander, striking and support forces NATO/deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/commander, joint headquarters, Lisbon, Portugal. Winnefeld is currently serving as director of joint innovation and experimentation, J9, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Suffolk, Va.