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Release No: 610-96
October 28, 1996


Secretary of Defense William Perry has announced the designation of Vice Admiral Dennis C. Blair, U.S. Navy, as the Joint Staff member on the Reserve Forces Policy Board, retroactive to Sept. 30, 1996. Blair currently serves as the director of the Joint Staff.

The 24-member board was created by Congress in 1952. Acting through the assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, the board serves as the principal 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.

A 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Blair started his career with an assignment aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS TATTNALL. Shortly thereafter, he was reassigned to the United Kingdom where he attended Oxford University for the next four years as a Rhodes Scholar. Since that time, his career has spanned more than 28 years in a variety of positions including staff and command at all levels. His decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with three gold stars, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and National Defense Service Medal with one star as well as numerous other campaign and service awards.

Admiral Blair and his wife, the former Diane Everett of Honolulu, Hawaii, reside in Washington, D.C. Their son, Duncan, is a Navy officer, and Pamela, their daughter, is a college student.

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