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Saturday, January 29, 2011

General Officer Announcement

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has made the following nominations:

Army Lt. Gen. Purl K. Keen for reappointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as chief, Office of the Defense Representative-Pakistan, U.S. Central Command, Pakistan.  Keen is currently serving as deputy commander, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Fla.

Army Maj. Gen. Rhett A. Hernandez, for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Cyberspace Command, Fort Belvoir, Va.

Today in the Department of Defense, Monday, January 31, 2011

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn have no public or media events on their schedules.

Today in the Department of Defense, Sunday, January 30, 2011

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn have no public or media events on their schedules.

General Officer Announcements

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President made the following U.S. Marine Corps nominations:

Brig. Gen. David H. Berger has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Berger is currently serving as the director, Operations Division, Office of the Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations, Washington, D.C.

Brig. Gen.William D. Beydler has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Beydler is currently serving as the commanding general, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan.

Brig. Gen.Mark A. Brilakis has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Brilakis is currently serving as the deputy commanding general, III Marine Expeditionary Force and commanding general, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Okinawa, Japan.

Brig. Gen. Mark A. Clark has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Clark is currently serving as the director of operations for U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, Fla.

Brig. Gen. Charles L. Hudson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Hudson is currently serving as the commanding general, 1st Marine Logistics Group, Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

Brig. Gen. Thomas M. Murray has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Murray is currently serving as the president, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Va.

Brig. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Nicholson is currently serving as the senior military assistant to the deputy secretary of defense, Washington, D.C.

Brig. Gen. Andrew W. O'Donnell Jr., has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  O'Donnell is currently serving as the commanding general, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd), Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

Brig. Gen.Robert R. Ruark has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Ruark is currently serving as the assistant deputy commandant for installations and logistics (facilities), Washington, D.C.

Brig. Gen.Glenn M. Walters has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Walters is currently serving as the assistant wing commander, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, N.C.

USS Abraham Lincoln Passes Key Maintenance Inspection

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Seth Clarke, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) successfully passed its 2010-2011 Maintenance and Material Management Inspection (3MI) Jan. 25-29, demonstrating a high level of expertise in shipboard equipment and maintenance procedures.

Lincoln received a final score of 92.34 percent from Naval Air Forces inspectors who conducted spot checks of equipment maintenance, tested the crew's knowledge of the Navy's Material Data System (MDS), and performed administrative reviews to ensure maintenance accountability and validation paperwork was correct.

"The results are fantastic," said Master Chief Electrician's Mate James T. Jennings, Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Maintenance and Material Management (3M) team leader.

"Abraham Lincoln's crew showed us that they've put a lot of hard work in," Jennings said. "It sets the precedent for the other ten carriers out there."

Master Chief Machinist's Mate Michael Gwinn, USS Abraham Lincoln Engineering department leading chief petty officer, said the Lincoln owes its success to training, preparation and execution.

"We trained the right skills at the right level," Gwinn said. "We taught supervisors how to review and how to assess correctly; then we went directly to the maintenance person so he or she could get the right answers."

Jennings said he fully expects Lincoln's crew will still be executing maintenance at a high level when the inspection team returns to the ship sometime later this year to oversee a 3M training team (3MTT) exercise.

"When I see the Lincoln crew again, I anticipate that you will not just have maintained this standard, but that you will have improved upon what you've achieved here," Jennings said.

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability.

For more news from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.

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