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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 158-09
March 11, 2009

Flag Officer Assignments

                Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead announced today the following assignments:
 
Rear Adm. (lower half) David H. Buss, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral, will be assigned as commander, Carrier Strike Group Twelve, Norfolk, Va. Buss is currently serving as deputy chief of staff, strategic plans and assessment, Multi-National Force - Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq.
 
Rear Adm. (lower half) Philip S. Davidson will be assigned to commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight, Norfolk, Va. Davidson is currently serving as deputy director for strategy and policy, J5, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
 
Rear Adm. (lower half) Bruce E. Grooms, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral, will be assigned as vice director, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. Grooms is currently assigned as commander, Submarine Group Two, Groton, Conn.
 
Rear Adm. Joseph F. Kilkenny will be assigned as commander, Naval Education and Training Command, Pensacola, Fla. Kilkenny is currently serving as commander, Navy Recruiting Command, Millington, Tenn.
 
Rear Adm. (lower half) Steven J. Romano will be assigned as commander, Navy Exchange Service Command, Virginia Beach, Va. Romano is currently serving as director, Logistics and Security Assistance, J4, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.
 
Rear Adm. (lower half) David M. Thomas, Jr., who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral, will be assigned as commander, Carrier Strike Group Two, Norfolk, Va. Thomas is currently serving as commander, Joint Task Force - Guantanamo, U.S. Southern Command, Guantanamo, Cuba.
   
Rear Adm. (lower half) Thomas C. Traaen will be assigned to vice director for Logistics, J4, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. Traaen is currently serving as deputy chief of Staff for Logistics, Fleet Supply, and Ordnance, N4, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
 
Rear Adm. (lower half) Robert O. Wray Jr. will be assigned as deputy commander, Military Sealift Command, Washington, D.C. Wray is currently serving as deputy commander, Military Sealift Command Atlantic/Pacific/Europe, Washington, D.C.

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