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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 636-10
July 20, 2010

Flag Officer Announcement

               Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has nominated Navy Vice Adm. John M. Bird for reappointment to the rank of vice admiral and assignment as director, Navy Staff, N09B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.  Bird is currently serving as commander, Seventh fleet, Yokosuka, Japan.