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Release No: 496-09
July 09, 2009

General Officer Announcements

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has made the following nominations:

 

Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III has been nominated for reappointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as director, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.  Austin is currently serving as commanding general, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, Fort Bragg, N.C.

 

Army Lt. Gen. Kenneth W. Hunzeker has been nominated for reappointment to the grade of lieutenant general and assignment as deputy commander, Multi-National Force-Iraq.  Hunzeker is currently serving as commanding general, V Corps, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany.

 

Army Maj. Gen. Purl K. Keen has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as deputy commander, U.S.  Southern Command, Miami, Fla.  Keen is currently serving as the chief of staff, U.S. European Command, Germany.

 

                Army Maj. Gen. Robert P. Lennox has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as deputy chief of staff, G-8, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.  Lennox is currently serving as director, Quadrennial Defense Review, office of the deputy chief of staff, G-8 U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.

 

Army Maj. Gen. John E. Sterling Jr. has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as deputy commanding general/chief of staff, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Va.  Sterling is currently serving as assistant chief of staff, C-3/J-3, U.N. Command/Combined Forces Command/U.S. Forces Korea.

 

Army Brig. Gen. Clyde J. Tate II has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general and assignment as the deputy judge advocate general, U.S. Army, Arlington, Va.  Tate is currently serving as commander, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency/chief judge, U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, Arlington, Va.