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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 042-03
January 30, 2003

FLAG AND GENERAL OFFICER ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Navy Rear Adm. (selectee) Michael G. Mathis is being assigned as director, Joint Theater Air Missile Defense Organization, Joint Staff. Mathis is currently serving as commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center, and chief engineer, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition).

Navy Rear Adm. (selectee) Eric T. Olson is being assigned as assistant deputy chief of naval operations for plans, policy and operations, N3/N5B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Olson is currently assigned as director, Strategy and Policy Division, N51, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

BRIGADIER GENERAL AND REAR ADMIRAL (LOWER HALF)

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced today that the president has nominated Army National Guard Col. Albert A. Rubino for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. Rubino is currently serving as director of aviation operations, Connecticut State Area Command, Hartford, Conn.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark announced today that Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) (selectee) Alan B. Hicks is assuming duties as commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center. Hicks is currently serving as deputy commander for warfare systems engineering, SEA-06, Naval Sea Systems Command.

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