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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1129-07
September 19, 2007

General Officer Announcement

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has nominated Marine Corps Maj Gen Samuel T. Helland for appointment as the commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force; and commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command, and for appointment to the grade of lieutenant general. Helland is presently serving as the deputy commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force; and commanding general, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Pendleton, CA. 

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