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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 243-03
April 14, 2003

FLAG AND GENERAL OFFICER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced today that the president has nominated Navy Rear Adm. Michael J. McCabe for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and assignment as commander, THIRD Fleet, San Diego, Calif. McCabe is currently serving as director, Air Warfare Division, N78, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington, DC.

LIEUTENANT GENERAL

The nomination of Maj. Gen. H. Steven Blum, Army National Guard of the United States, for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as Chief, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Virginia, was confirmed by the Senate on April 11, 2003. He is currently serving as chief of Staff, United States Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.