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Release No: 635-94
November 09, 1994


Secretary of Defense William Perry has announced the designation of Rear Admiral Richard M. Larrabee as a member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board. The admiral currently serves as the chief of the Office of Readiness and Reserve, U.S. Coast Guard, Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

The 22-member Reserve Forces Policy Board was created by Congress in 1952. Acting through the assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, the board serves as the principle policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense on reserve component matters. Members include the assistant secretary responsible for reserve affairs from each of the military departments, and active and reserve component general and flag officers representing all Services, including the Coast Guard.

Admiral Larrabee graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1967. He also holds a masters degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. He has held a variety of staff and command positions; most recently having served as the assistant superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Admiral Larrabee's military awards include the Legion of Merit with one device, Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal with two devices, the Special Operations Ribbon, and Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Admiral Larrabee is married to the former Pamela Gnazzo of Farmington, Conn. Their daughter, Jennifer, lives and works in New York City.

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