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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 595-01
November 20, 2001

FLAG OFFICER ASSIGNMENTS

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark announced the following assignments:

Navy Rear Adm. Harry W. Whiton is being assigned as special assistant to the chief of Naval Operations for Information Operations. Whiton is currently serving as commander, Naval Security Group Command.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Thomas W. Steffens is being assigned as special assistant to the commander in chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Steffens is currently serving as chief of staff, U.S Special Operation Command.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) (select) Bruce W. Clingan is being assigned as deputy director for operations, J3, U.S. Central Command. Clingan is currently serving as commanding officer, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) (select) Charles H. Johnston Jr. is being assigned as vice commander, Naval Air Systems Command. Johnston is currently serving as commander, Naval Air Warfare Center (Weapons Division), China Lake, Calif.

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