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Release No: 0258-08
April 01, 2008

Flag Officer Announcements

            Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has made the following nominations: 
 
            Navy Capt. Douglass T. Biesel has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Biesel is currently serving as director, platforms, manpower policy and budget, N871, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.
 
            Navy Capt. Barry L. Bruner has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Bruner is currently serving as chief of staff, Carrier Strike Group Five, Yokosuka, Japan.
 
            Navy Capt. Jerry K. Burroughs has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Burroughs is currently serving as major program manager for special operating forces and undersea mobility, Program Executive Office for Submarines, Washington, D.C.   
 
            Navy Capt. James D. Cloyd has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Cloyd is currently serving as special assistant to the Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va.  
 
            Navy Capt. Cynthia A. Covell has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Covell is currently serving as the executive assistant to the assistant secretary of the Navy (manpower and reserve affairs), Office of the Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D.C.
 
            Navy Capt. Thomas A. Cropper has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Cropper is currently serving as deputy director for operations and plans, N31B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.
 
            Navy Capt. Dennis E. Fitzpatrick has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Fitzpatrick is currently serving as head, Fleet Warfare Requirements and Program Planning Division, N80, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Va. 
 
            Navy Capt. Michael T. Franken has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Franken is currently serving as chief of staff, Third Fleet, San Diego, Calif. 
 
            Navy Capt. Donald E. Gaddis has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Gaddis is currently serving as the program manager for presidential helicopters, Program Executive Office for Aviation, Patuxent River, Md.
 
            Navy Capt. Bradley R. Gehrke has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Gehrke is currently serving as chief of staff, Submarine Group Seven, Yokosuka, Japan.
 
            Navy Capt. Robert P. Girrier has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Girrier is currently serving as executive assistant to the commander, Allied Joint Forces Command, Naples, Italy. 
 
            Navy Capt. Paul A. Grosklags has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Grosklags is currently serving as major program manager for H-60 programs, Program Executive Office for Aviation, Patuxent River, Md.
 
            Navy Capt. Sinclair M. Harris has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Harris is currently serving as assistant deputy director for international affairs and military affairs, J5, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
 
            Navy Capt. Norman R. Hayes has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Hayes is currently serving as the commander for Center of Naval Intelligence, Virginia Beach, Va. 
 
            Navy Capt. David C. Johnson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Johnson is currently serving as the major program manager for Virginia (SSN 774) class submarine programs, Program Executive Office for Submarines, Washington, D.C.
 
            Navy Capt. Margaret D. Klein has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Klein is currently serving as commandant, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
 
            Navy Capt. Terry B. Kraft has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Kraft is currently serving as commanding officer, the USS Ronald Reagan, San Diego, Calif.
 
            Navy Capt. William E. Leigher has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Leigher is currently serving as commanding officer, Fleet Information Warfare Center, Norfolk, Va.
 
            Navy Capt. Patrick J. Lorge has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Lorge is currently serving as chief of staff, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Bahrain.
 
            Navy Capt. Brian L. Losey has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Losey is currently serving as director, combating terrorism, National Security Council, Washington, D.C.
 
            Navy Capt. Michael E. McLaughlin has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). McLaughlin is currently serving as chief of staff, U.S. Strategic Command Special Activities Atlantic, Norfolk, Va.
 
            Navy Capt. Thomas J. Moore has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Moore is currently serving as the major program manager for aircraft carriers, Program Executive Office for Carriers, Washington, D.C.
 
            Navy Capt. William F. Moran has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Moran is currently serving as executive assistant to the chief of naval operations, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.
 
            Navy Capt. Samuel Perez Jr., has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Perez is currently serving as assistant deputy director for regional operations, J3, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
 
            Navy Capt. James J. Shannon has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower Half). Shannon is currently serving as executive assistant to the assistant secretary of the Navy (research, development and acquisition), Office of the Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D.C.
 
            Navy Capt. Clifford S. Sharpe has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Sharpe is currently serving as division director for the surface warfare officer career management division, PERS 41, Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tenn.
 
            Navy Capt. Troy M. Shoemaker has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Shoemaker is currently serving as executive assistant to the commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
 
            Navy Capt. Dixon R. Smith has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Smith is currently serving as commanding officer, Naval Base San Diego, San Diego, Calif. 
 
            Navy Capt. Robert L. Thomas Jr., has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Thomas is currently serving as director, training and readiness, N3/N5, Naval Special Warfare Command, San Diego, Calif.
 
            Navy Capt. Douglas J. Venlet has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Venlet is currently serving as deputy director, Maritime Security Cooperation Division, N52B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C. 
 
            Navy Capt. Maude E. Young has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Young is currently serving as the major program manager for National Reconnaissance Office and National Remote Sensing System, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Space Field Activity, Chantilly, Va.

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