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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 410-95
July 28, 1995

REAR ADMIRAL JAMES P. SHEAR

APPOINTED TO RESERVE FORCES POLICY BOARD

Secretary of Defense William Perry has announced the designation of Rear Admiral James P. Schear, U.S. Naval Reserve, as the Naval Reserve member on the Reserve Forces Policy Board, retroactive to July 1, 1995. Schear currently serves as the Deputy Commander, Maritime Defense Zone, Atlantic, as well as Commander, Readiness Command Region Four, Fort Dix, N.J.

The 24-member board was created by Congress in 1952. Acting through the assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs, the board serves as the principle policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense on reserve component matters. Members include the assistant secretary responsible for reserve affairs from each of the military departments, and active and reserve component general and flag officers representing all Services, including the Coast Guard.

Admiral Shear, a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, started his career as a naval aviator. That career has spanned 28-years and included a variety of positions including staff, instruction and command at all levels. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, the Medal for Humane Actions and theVietnamese Cross of Gallantry, as well as numerous other campaign and service medals.

Admiral Shear and his wife, Sharon, reside in Pittsburgh, Pa. with their children, Ryan, Matthew, Adam and Caroline.