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Release No: 722-03
October 01, 2003

Gordon England Sworn in as 73rd Navy Secretary

            Gordon R. England was sworn in today as the 73rd secretary of the Navy.  England becomes only the second person in history to serve twice as the leader of the Navy-Marine Corps Team and the first to serve in back-to-back terms.


            England had served as the 72nd Secretary from May 2001 until January 2003 before President George W. Bush tapped him to serve as the first deputy secretary at the newly created Department of Homeland Security.  John Mason served as the 16th Navy secretary from 1844-1845 and 18th Navy secretary from 1846-1849.

            “Our Sailors and Marines are indeed the world’s finest and I appreciate the president giving me the opportunity to again serve our men and women in uniform and their families. Working with the Congress and our great Chief of Naval Operations Vern Clark; Commandant, Mike Hagee and Secretary Rumsfeld’s team we will continue to transform our Naval services and wage the Global War on Terrorism,” said England.

            Hansford T. Johnson, who served as acting secretary following England’s move to Homeland Security earlier this year, has also served continuously as the assistant secretary of the Navy (installations and environment).  He will continue to serve America’s sailors and Marines in that role.

            “I welcome Gordon home to his Navy-Marine Corps family.  It has been a distinct honor to serve as acting secretary during this important time in our nation’s history and I am grateful to President Bush for the opportunity to serve.  I also appreciate the outstanding work of our sailors and Marines and the support of Secretary Rumsfeld, Adm. Clark and Gen. Hagee,” said Johnson.

            Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark praised both leaders, “Our institution is honored to welcome home Mr. England as secretary of the Navy.  His leadership, focus on mission accomplishment, and commitment to improving both our business practices and the quality of service for our sailors and Marines are valued and needed qualities as we build the future Navy.

            “We owe a debt of gratitude to H.T. Johnson for his remarkable service as acting secretary of the Navy.  With his steady hand and commitment to sailors and Marines, the Department of the Navy never missed a beat.  We will undoubtedly continue to benefit from his continued service as assistant secretary of the Navy for installations and the environment.”

            Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Mike Hagee said of the two leaders, "The Marine Corps is honored and pleased to have Mr. England return as secretary of the Navy.  His efforts in leading the Navy-Marine Corps team into the 21st Century are especially welcomed because of his impressive and established record of accomplishments, particularly with respect to improving our combat capability and readiness.  We look forward to continuing our role as the world's preeminent fighting force under the direction of Mr. England.”

            Since January 2003, England has served as the first deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.  The Department of Homeland Security was established on Jan. 24, 2003, to integrate 22 different agencies with a common mission to protect the American people.

            England first joined the administration of President George W. Bush as the 72nd secretary of the Navy and held the position from May 24, 2001, until he joined the Homeland Security in January 2003.  As secretary of the Navy, England leads America’s Navy and Marine Corps and is responsible for an annual budget in excess of $110 billion and more than 800,000 people.

            Secretary England's biography is available at: http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/secnav/england-bio-73.html .


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