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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 571-13
August 08, 2013

Flag Officer Assignments

           The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert announced today the following assignments:

           Rear Adm. (lower half) Bret C. Batchelder will be assigned as commander, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, U.S. Transportation Command, Norfolk, Va. Batchelder is currently serving as director, Operations Division, Office of Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Financial Management and Comptroller/director, Operations Division, Fiscal Management Division, N821, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

           Rear Adm. (lower half) Kyle J. Cozad will be assigned as deputy director, Joint Force Coordination, J-3, Joint Staff, Norfolk, Va. Cozad previously served as chief of naval operations strategic studies group fellow, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, Newport, R.I.

           Rear Adm. (lower half) David J. Gale, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral, will be assigned as deputy commander for surface warfare, SEA-21, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C. Gale is currently serving as commander, Regional Maintenance Center, Norfolk, Va.

           Capt. William J. Galinis, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as Commander, Regional Maintenance Center, Norfolk, Va. Galinis is currently serving as commanding officer, Norfolk Ship Support Activity, Norfolk, Va.

           Capt. William R. Merz, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as commander, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command, San Diego, Calif. Merz previously served as chief of staff, commander, submarine force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va.