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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 878-08
October 17, 2008

Flag Officer Assignments

            The Naval Operations Chief announces the assignments of the following flag officers:
 
            Rear Adm. Raymond P. English is being assigned as director, Joint Reserve Forces, J9, Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va. English is currently serving as deputy director of operations, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
 
            Rear Adm. (lower half) John G. Messerschmidt is being assigned as commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command, New Orleans, La. Messerschmidt is currently serving as deputy commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Force, Norfolk, Va.
 
            Rear Adm. (lower half) Anthony M. Kurta is being assigned as commander, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, U.S. Africa Command, Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. Kurta is currently serving as director for policy, resources and strategy, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe, Naples, Italy.