Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced today that the President has made the following nominations:
Army Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland Jr., for reappointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as deputy commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Mulholland is currently serving as the commanding general, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Army Brig. Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, for appointment to the rank of major general. Thomas is currently serving as deputy commander, Joint Special Operations Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Army Col. John L. Poppe, for appointment to the rank of brigadier general and for assignment as chief of the Veterinary Corps of the Army. Poppe is currently serving as chief, Department of Veterinary Science, Academy of Health Sciences, Army Medical Department Center and School, San Antonio, Texas.