Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has made the following nominations:
Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen has been nominated for reappointment to the rank of lieutenant general with assignment as commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific; commanding general, Fleet Marine Force Pacific; and commander, Marine Corps Bases Pacific. Thiessen is currently serving as the deputy commandant for programs and resources, Washington, DC.
Marine Corps Reserve Brig. Gen. Rex C. McMillian has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general. McMillian is currently serving as the deputy commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.