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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 928-06
September 20, 2006

Flag Officer Announcements

            Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced today that the President has made the following nominations: 

            Navy Vice Adm. Patrick M. Walsh for appointment to the grade of admiral and assignment as vice chief of naval operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Walsh is currently serving as commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command and commander, Fifth Fleet in Bahrain.

            Navy Rear Adm. John J. Donnelly for appointment to the grade of vice admiral and assignment as commander submarine force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and commander, Submarine Allied Command, Atlantic, Norfolk, Va. Donnelly is currently serving as deputy and chief of staff, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

            Navy Rear Adm. Thomas J. Kilcline Jr. for appointment to the grade of vice admiral and assignment as commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, San Diego, Calif. Kilcline is currently serving as director, Warfare Integration and Assessment Division, N8F, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

            Navy Rear Adm. Melvin G. Williams Jr. for appointment to the grade of vice admiral and assignment as deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Va. Williams is currently serving as director, global operations, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

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