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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 707-09
September 14, 2009

Flag and General Officer Announcements

            Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has made the following nominations:
 
            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Gregory J. Smith has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Smith is currently serving as director of communication/strategic effects, U.S. Forces - Afghanistan/NATOs International Security and Assistance Force - Afghanistan.
 
            Army Reserve Col. Ivan N. Black has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general and assignment as deputy commander (individual mobilization augmentee), Surface Deployment Distribution Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Black is currently serving as staff officer, Troop Program Unit, 96th Regional Readiness Command, Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
            Army Reserve Col. David J. Conboy has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general and assignment as assistant chief of staff (wartime), commander (individual mobilization augmentee), G-5, Eight U.S. Army, Yongsan, Korea. Conboy is currently serving as deputy commanding general, troop program unit, 98th Division (Initial Entry Training), 108th Training Command, Rochester, N.Y.
 
            Army Reserve Col. James V. Young Jr. has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general and assignment to commander, (troop program unit), Military Intelligence Readiness Command, Fort Belvoir, Va. Young is currently serving as commander, (troop program unit), Military Intelligence Readiness Command, Fort Belvoir, Va.