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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 135-08
February 19, 2008

General Officer Announcement

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has nominated Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as the deputy commandant for plans, policies, and operations, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps.  Dunford is presently serving as the vice director for operations, J-3, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.