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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 386-11
May 06, 2011

Flag Officer Announcements

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

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Barry L. Bruner has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Bruner is currently serving as commander, Submarine Group Ten, Kings Bay, Ga.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Jerry K. Burroughs has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Burroughs is currently serving as program executive officer for command, control, communications and intelligence, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) James D. Cloyd has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Cloyd is currently serving as commander, Navy Region Japan/commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan/commander, Naval Component, U.S. Forces, Japan, Yokosuka, Japan.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Cynthia A. Covell has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Covell is currently serving as director, total force requirements, N12, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Michael T. Franken has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Franken previously served as vice director, plans and policy, J5B, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Donald E. Gaddis has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Gaddis is currently serving as program executive officer for tactical aircraft programs, Patuxent River, Md.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Bradley R. Gehrke has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Gehrke is currently serving as defense attache China, Defense Intelligence Agency, Beijing, China.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Robert P. Girrier has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Girrier is currently serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group Seven, San Diego, Calif.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Paul A. Grosklags has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.   Grosklags is currently serving as vice commander, Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Sinclair M. Harris has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Harris is currently serving as director, Navy Irregular Warfare Office, N3/N5, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) David C. Johnson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Johnson is currently serving as program executive officer for submarines, Washington, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Margaret D. Klein has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Klein is currently serving as commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Five/Commander Task Force 51/518, Bahrain.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Richard B. Landolt has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Landolt is currently serving as special assistant to N86, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) William E. Leigher has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Leigher is currently serving as deputy commander, Fleet Cyber Command/deputy commander, Tenth Fleet, Fort Meade, Md.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Brian L. Losey has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Losey is currently serving as commander, Combined Joint Task Force -- Horn of Africa, Djibouti, Africa.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) William F. Moran has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Moran is currently serving as deputy director, Air Warfare Division, N88B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Troy M. Shoemaker has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Shoemaker previously served as assistant commander, Navy Personnel Command for Career Management, Pers-4, Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tenn.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Dixon R. Smith has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Smith is currently serving as commander, Navy Region Hawaii/commander, Naval Surface Group, MidPac, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Robert L. Thomas Jr. has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Thomas is currently serving as commander, Submarine Group Seven/commander, Task Force Seven Four/commander, Task Force Five Four, Yokosuka, Japan.

            Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Douglas J. Venlet has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Venlet is currently serving as defense attache Russia, Defense Intelligence Agency Moscow, Russia.

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