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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 658-00
October 26, 2000

FLAG AND GENERAL OFFICER ASSIGNMENTS

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael E. Ryan announced today the following assignments:

Air Force Brig. Gen. Curtis M. Bedke is being assigned as commander, 2nd Bomb Wing, Air Combat Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Bedke is currently serving as vice commander, Eighth Air Force, Air Combat Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Tommy F. Crawford is being assigned as director, Joint Matters, Deputy Chief of Staff, Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Crawford is currently serving as deputy director for Operations (National Systems Support), J-35, Joint Staff; deputy director, Defense Support Program Office; and deputy director, Military Support, National Reconnaissance Office, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Brig. Gen. William M. Fraser III is being assigned as deputy director for Operations (National Systems Support), J-35, Joint Staff; deputy director, Defense Support Program Office; and deputy director, Military Support, National Reconnaissance Office, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Fraser is currently serving as commander, 2nd Bomb Wing, Air Combat Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul M. Hankins is being assigned as commandant, Air Force Officer Accession and Training Schools, Air University, Air Education and Training Command, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Hankins is currently serving as director, Recruiting and Retention Task Force, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Brig. Gen. John M. Speigel is being assigned as principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for Strategic Development, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force (Manpower, Reserve Affairs, Installations and Environment), Pentagon, Washington, DC. Speigel is currently serving as commandant, Air Force Officer Accession and Training Schools, Air University, Air Education and Training Command, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

REAR ADMIRALS

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern E. Clark announced today the following assignments:

Navy Rear Adm. (Lower Half) David M. Stone has been assigned as commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Five. Stone served as deputy director, Surface Warfare Division, N76B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

Navy Rear Adm. (Lower Half) (Selectee) Harold D. Starling, II, is being assigned as assistant chief of staff, Operations, Intelligence and Exercises, Headquarters, Naval Forces North Europe. Starling is currently serving as special assistant to Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va.