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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 0358-08
April 30, 2008

Flag Officer Assignments

            Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead announced the following flag officer assignments:
 
            Capt. Douglass T. Biesel, who has been selected to the rank of rear admiral (lower half), is being assigned as commander, Navy Region Midwest, Great Lakes, Ill. Biesel is currently serving as director, platforms, manpower policy, and budget, N871, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.
 
            Capt. Jerry K. Burroughs, who has been selected to the rank of rear admiral (lower half), is being assigned as chief engineer directorate, Code 05, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif.  Burroughs is currently serving as program manager for special operating forces and undersea mobility, Program Executive Office for Submarines, Washington, D.C.
 
            Capt. James D. Cloyd, who has been selected to the rank of rear admiral (lower half), is being assigned as director, assessment division, N81D, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C. Cloyd is currently serving as director, strategic actions group, N3/N5SP, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.
 
            Capt. Thomas A. Cropper, who has been selected to the rank of rear admiral (lower half), is being assigned as deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces, U.S. Central Command, Manama, Bahrain. Cropper is currently serving as deputy director for operations and plans, N31B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.
 
            Capt. Michael T. Franken, who has been selected to the rank of rear admiral (lower half), is being assigned as deputy director, plans and policy, J5B, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Franken is currently serving as chief of staff, Third Fleet, San Diego, Calif.
 
            Capt. Paul A. Grosklags, who has been selected to rear admiral (lower half), is being assigned as commander, fleet readiness centers, Patuxent River, Md. Grosklags is currently deputy program executive officer for air anti submarine warfare assault and special missions programs, Patuxent River, Md.
 
            Capt. Sinclair M. Harris, who has been selected to the rank of rear admiral (lower half), is being assigned as deputy director, expeditionary warfare, N85B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C. Harris is currently serving as chief for security assistance, J5, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
 
            Capt. Margaret D. Klein, who has been selected to the rank of rear admiral (lower half), is being assigned as operations officer, N3, naval network warfare command, Norfolk, Va. Klein is currently serving as commandant, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
 
            Capt. Patrick J. Lorge, who has been selected to the rank of rear admiral (lower half), is being assigned as commandant, Naval District Washington, Washington, D.C. Lorge is currently serving as chief of staff, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Manama, Bahrain.
 
            Capt. Michael E. McLaughlin, who has been selected to the rank of rear admiral (lower half), is being assigned as chief of staff for navy enterprise, N09X, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C. McLaughlin is currently serving as chief of staff, Submarine Force Atlantic, U.S. Strategic Command Special Activities Atlantic, Norfolk, Va.
 
            Capt. William F. Moran, who has been selected to the rank of rear admiral (lower half), is being assigned as commander, patrol and reconnaissance group, Norfolk, Va. Moran is currently serving as executive assistant to the chief of naval operations, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.
 
            Capt. Dixon R. Smith, who has been selected to the rank of rear admiral (lower half), is being assigned as commander, Navy Region Hawaii/commander, Naval Surface Group, MIDPAC, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Smith is currently serving as commander, Naval Base San Diego, San Diego, Calif.