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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 583-10
July 07, 2010

Flag Officer Assignments

              Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead announced today the following assignments:

              Rear Adm. (lower half) Douglas J. Asbjornsen, will be assigned as reserve deputy commander, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command, San Diego, Calif.  Asbjornsen is currently serving as deputy commander, Navy Region Northwest, Reserve Component Commander, Silverdale, Wash.

              Capt. Thomas H. Bond Jr., who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as director, net-centric capabilities, N2/N6F1, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.  Bond is currently serving on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, Newport, R.I.

              Rear Admiral (lower half) Ted N. Branch, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral, will be assigned as commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va.  Branch is currently serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group One, San Diego, Calif.

              Capt. Colin G. Chinn, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as director, TRICARE Region West, San Diego, Calif.  Chinn is currently serving as force surgeon, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, Camp H. Smith, Hawaii.

              Capt. Brett C. Heimbigner, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as director of intelligence, J2, U.S. Northern Command, Colorado Springs, Colo.  Heimbigner is currently serving as the commander, Joint Intelligence Command, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

              Rear Adm. John R. Hines Jr. will be assigned as deputy commander, Third Fleet, San Diego, Calif.  Hines is currently serving as deputy chief of staff for operations, Allied Air Component Command Headquarters, Izmir, Turkey.

              Rear Adm. (lower half) Terry B. Kraft will be assigned as commander, Carrier Strike Group Ten, Norfolk, Va.  Kraft is currently serving as director, ISR capabilities, N2/N6F2, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

              Capt. Willie L. Metts, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as director of intelligence, J2, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort George G. Meade, Md.  Metts is currently serving as the division director, information and intelligence operations, PERS 47, Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tenn.

              Rear Adm. (lower half) Russell S. Penniman IV will be assigned as deputy/reserve deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Penniman is currently serving as deputy commander, Third Fleet, San Diego, Calif.

              Rear Adm. (lower half) Samuel Perez Jr. will be assigned as commander, Carrier Strike Group One, San Diego, Calif.  Perez was previously announced as commander, Carrier Strike Group Three, Bremerton, Wash.  Perez is currently serving as deputy commander, Joint Interagency Task Force, U.S. Southern Command, Key West, Fla.

              Capt. Jan E. Tighe, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as deputy director of operations, J3, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort George G. Meade, Md.  Tighe is currently serving as the executive assistant to the director, National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md.

              Capt. Elaine C. Wagner, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as director, medical resources, plans, and policy division, N931, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations/chief, Navy Dental Corps, Washington, D.C.  Wagner is currently serving as commanding officer, Naval Health Clinic New England, Newport, R.I.

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