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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 0193-08
March 13, 2008

General Officer Announcements

            Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced that the President has made the following Marine Corps nominations:
 
            Lt. Gen. Richard F. Natonski has been nominated for appointment as the commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command and for reappointment to the rank of lieutenant general. Natonski is currently serving as the deputy commandant for plans, policies, and operations, Washington, D.C.
 
            Maj. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen has been nominated for appointment as the deputy commandant for programs and resources and for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general. Thiessen is currently serving as the assistant deputy commandant for programs and resources (programs), Washington, D.C.
 
            Maj. Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., has been nominated for appointment as the director, strategic plans and policy, J-5, Joint Staff and for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general. Paxton is currently serving as the chief of staff, Multi-National Force-Iraq.
 
            Maj. Gen. Dennis J. Hejlik has been nominated for appointment as the commanding general, II Marine Expeditionary Force, and for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general. Hejlik is currently serving as the commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command in Camp Lejeune, N.C.