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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 999-09
December 23, 2009

Flag Officer Announcement

                Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has made the following nomination:
 
                Navy Vice Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. for appointment to the rank of admiral and assignment as commander, Northern Command/Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Winnefeld is currently serving as director, strategic plans and policy, J-5, and as senior member, United States Delegation to the United Nations Military Staff Committee, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.