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Release No: 318-01
July 17, 2001


Secretary of the Navy Gordon England held a ceremony today at noon in the Pentagon to swear in three assistant secretaries of the Navy.

Dional M. Aviles was sworn in as assistant secretary of the Navy for financial management and comptroller. In this capacity he has principal responsibility to exercise the comptroller functions of the Department of the Navy. He is responsible for all financial management activities and operations of the department, including supervision and direction of budget estimate preparation, approval and supervision of financial management and asset management systems, and carrying out the responsibilities of under secretary of the Defense (comptroller) for the Department of Navy.

Before his appointment, Aviles was a professional staff member on the Armed Services Committee of the House of Representatives. Aviles also served as an assistant to the director of the National Security Division of the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. He is a Navy veteran and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a M.B.A. from George Washington University.

William A. Navas, Jr. was sworn in as assistant secretary of the Navy for manpower and reserve affairs. In this capacity, he acts on matters pertaining to manpower and personnel policy within the Department of the Navy. His purview also includes personnel readiness, quality of life and health care programs and issues affecting active duty and reserve Sailors, Marines and Department of the Navy civilians.

A retired major general in the Army, Navas worked most recently as an independent defense and management consultant for a variety of organizations including Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Burdeshaw Associates and Wilbur-Smith Associates providing program analysis, business development and strategic planning. In addition to an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, he holds a Master of Science in Management Engineering from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.

John J. Young was sworn in as assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition. In this capacity, he has authority, responsibility and accountability over the naval research, development and acquisition team. In partnership with industry, he will develop, acquire and support technologically superior and affordable systems that allow Navy, Marine Corps, joint and allied forces supporting unified commanders to train, deter conflict and, if required, fight and win.

Before his appointment, Young was a professional staff member on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense. He received a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters of Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University.

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