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General Officer Announcements

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced today that the president has made the following nominations:

Air Force Maj. Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as deputy commander, U.N. Command Korea; deputy commander, U.S. Forces Korea; commander, Air Component Command, Republic of Korea/U.S. Combined Forces Command;…

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General Officer Assignments

The chief of staff, Army announced today the following assignments:

Maj. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty to commanding general, Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, Georgia. He most recently served as commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Maj. Gen. Lawarren V. Patterson, commanding general, Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, Georgia, to…

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Senior Executive Service Announcements

Senior Executive Service Announcements

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced the following Department of Defense Senior Executive Service appointments and assignments:

Dabney R. Kern has been reappointed to the Senior Executive Service and is assigned as director, policy, plans, and requirements, White House Military Office, Washington Headquarters Services, Washington, District of Columbia. Kern previously served as vice…

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s Call with Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s Call with Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon

Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following readout:

Earlier today, Secretary Hagel spoke with Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon regarding the situation in Gaza. Minister Ya’alon thanked Secretary Hagel for his support for the defense of Israel, particularly Iron Dome which is continuing to save countless Israeli lives. Secretary Hagel reiterated the United States’support…

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Department of Defense Announces Progress on Design and Implementation of New Civilian Employee Performance Management System and Appointment Procedures

Department of Defense Announces Progress on Design and Implementation of New Civilian Employee Performance Management System and Appointment Procedures

The Department of Defense released its report to Congress yesterday on the progress that has been made implementing new civilian employee personnel authorities during the past six months.

As part of this implementation, the departmentwill establish a three-level performance appraisal system for the vast majority of its civilian employees that will link organizational mission and goals to…

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Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announcement

Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announcement

I welcome the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau‘s announcement today that 17,000 service members and other consumers will receive a total of $92 million in debt relief from Rome Finance, whose unlawful, predatory lending schemes specifically targeted active-dutymilitary personnel serving nationwide. No one who serves our country in uniform – especially during a time of war – should ever fall…

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Department of Defense Announces Recipients of 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

Department of Defense Announces Recipients of 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced today 15 recipients of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

“I’m honored to announce the recipients of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award,” said…

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s Call with Ukraine’s Minister of Defense Valeriy Heletey

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s Call with Ukraine’s Minister of Defense Valeriy Heletey

Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following readout:

Secretary Hagel spoke today by phone with Ukraine’s new Minister of Defense, Valeriy Heletey. The secretary congratulated Minister Heletey on his appointment and asked for his assessment of developments in Ukraine.

Minister Heletey conveyed that despite steady progress by the Ukrainian military, the situation in eastern Ukraine…

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FALLEN HEROES - Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villotcarrasco, 23

FALLEN HEROES – Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villotcarrasco, 23

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villotcarrasco, 23, of Parma, Ohio, died as a result of a non-hostile incident June 19 aboard USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) while the ship was underway in the Red Sea.

Release No: NR-394-14
July 28, 2014

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