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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: NR-136-14
March 20, 2014

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. Sinclair M. Harris, assigned as vice director for operations, J-3, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.  Harris is currently serving as commander, U.S. Naval Forces, U.S. Southern Command/Commander, 4th Fleet, Mayport, Fla.  
 
Rear Adm. (lower half) Richard W. Butler, assigned as commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic, Norfolk, Va.  Butler is currently serving as commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, U.S. Southern Command, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 
 
Rear Adm. (lower half) Robert V. Hoppa, assigned as deputy chief of staff for intelligence, Headquarters International Security Assistance Force-Joint Command/deputy director, operations and support, J-2, U.S. Forces Afghanistan.  Hoppa is currently serving as deputy director, operations, J-3, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort George G. Meade, Md. 
 
Rear Adm. (lower half) Adrian J. Jansen, assigned as defense attaché, Beijing, China, United States Pacific Command, Defense Intelligence Agency.  Jansen is currently serving as attaché designate, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.
 
Rear Adm. (lower half) John G. King, assigned as commander, Defense Logistics Agency-Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio.  King is currently serving as commander, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pa.  
 
Rear Adm. (lower half) Kevin J. Kovacich, assigned as director, plans and programs, U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany.  Kovacich is currently serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group 12, Norfolk, Va.
 
Rear Adm. (lower half) Andrew L. Lewis, assigned as commander, Carrier Strike Group 12, Norfolk, Va.  Lewis is currently serving as commander, Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, Fallon, Nev.
 
Rear Adm. (lower half) Victorino G. Mercado, assigned as commander, Carrier Strike Group 8, Norfolk, Va.  Mercado is currently serving as deputy director, plans and policy, J-5B, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

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