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Release No: 356-04
April 22, 2004

General Officer Assignments

The chief of staff, Army announces the assignment of the following officers:

Maj. Gen. Barbara G. Fast, assistant commandant, U.S. Army Intelligence Center, with duty as the C-2, Combined Joint Task Force-7, Iraq, to commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

Maj. Gen. Stephen M. Speakes, deputy commanding general for operations, Third U. S. Army, Camp Doha, Kuwait, to director, force development, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.

Maj. Gen. Gary D. Speer, deputy chief of staff, G-3, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany, to deputy commanding general, Third U.S. Army, Camp Doha, Kuwait.

Brig. Gen. James A. Coggin, vice director of the Army staff, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C., to assistant chief of staff, C/J-3, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/U.S. Forces Korea/deputy commanding general, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea.

Brig. Gen. Michael L. Combest, chief, requirements and programs branch, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Policy, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe/deputy commanding general, U.S. Army North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Belgium, to commanding general, U.S. Army Developmental Test Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

Brig. Gen. John DeFreitas III, deputy assistant chief of staff, C-2/J-2, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/U.S. Forces Korea, to deputy chief of staff for intelligence, multi-national forces - Iraq.

Brig. Gen. Gina S. Farrisee, the adjutant general/commanding general, physical disability agency/executive director, Military Postal Service Agency, Alexandria, Va., to commanding general, U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, Fort Jackson, S.C.

Brig. Gen. Joseph F. Fil, Jr., commanding general, National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Fort Irwin, Calf. to deputy chief of staff for operations, multi-national forces - Iraq.

Brig. Gen. Mark T. Kimmitt, commanding general, XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery, with duty as deputy director for operations, C-3/chief, military spokesman, Combined Joint Task Force-7, Iraq, to deputy director, plans and policy, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

Brig. Gen. Robert P. Lennox, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Space Command/deputy commanding general for operations, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., to deputy commanding general/chief of staff, U.S. Army Accessions Command, Fort Monroe, Va.

Brig. Gen. James H. Schwitters, director, joint security, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., to commanding general, Coalition Military Assistance Training Team, Baghdad, Iraq.

Brig. Gen. Edgar E. Stanton III, commanding general, U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, Fort Jackson, S.C., to director for Army budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller), Washington, D.C.

Brig. Gen. John A. Yingling, commanding general, Joint Task Force 6, U.S. Northern Command, Fort Bliss, Tex., to deputy commanding general, First United States Army, Fort Gillem, Ga.

Col. Francis G. Mahon, director of materiel, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C., to deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Center and Fort Bliss, Fort Bliss, Tex.

The assignment of Col. Mahon should not be construed as the Senate's consent of his promotion nomination, and there will be no action to frock or promote him until Senate confirmation.