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Release No: 565-95
October 23, 1995


Secretary of Defense William Perry announced that Maj. Gen. John T. (Mike) Coyne, U.S. Marine Corp Reserve, has been selected as the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs/chief of staff, effective October 16. Coyne replaces Maj. Gen. William A. Navas Jr., who has been the deputy/chief of staff since December 1994.

Coyne will serve as the senior deputy and chief of staff to the assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs in the formulation of policy and overall supervision of the Department of Defense reserve components.

Prior to this assignment, Coyne served in a variety of senior level positions in the Department of Defense: as commanding general, 4th Marine Division; as deputy chief of staff for Manpower and Reserve Affairs; as a member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board; as deputy commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command; and as the assistant deputy chief of staff for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps.

Born April 25, 1937 in Marcellus, N. Y., Coyne began his military career in 1959 as an enlisted member of the New York Air National Guard. He was subsequently commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1962 and served on active duty from August 1964 until August 1967. Upon his release from active duty, Coyne served in Marine Corps Reserve units, holding command and staff billets of ever-increasing responsibility. He was promoted to the rank of major general on March 3, 1992.

His decorations include: the Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation; National Defense Service Medal; Organized Marine Corps Reserve Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

Beside his undergraduate degree in liberal arts from LeMoyne College, Coyne holds a juris doctor degree from the Georgetown Law Center. He attended numerous military schools, including: National Defense University flag officer Capstone course; the Command and Staff College; Navy War College (defense economic course); Army War College (senior reserve component officer course); Naval Justice School; and the Amphibious Warfare School.

Coyne is currently a trustee of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College Foundation and the Marine Corps Reserve Officer Association Foundation. He previously served as a director of the Marine Corps Association and the Marine Corps Historical Foundation. He is past national president of the Marine Corps Reserve Officers Association.

Prior to his retirement from the practice of law in 1994, Coyne was a partner in the law firm of Jordan, Coyne, and Savits in Washington, D.C. He is married to the former Rosemary Cirando of Syracuse, N.Y.

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