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President Obama has nominated 12 colonels for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the nominations Monday.
The nominees and their current assignments:
• Col. David G. Bellon, chief of staff, Individual Mobilization Augmentees, New Orleans.
• Col. Raymond R. Descheneaux, Marine Aircraft Group 49, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
• Col. James. W. Bierman Jr., military secretary to the commandant of the Marine Corps, Washington.
• Col. Robert F. Castellvi, chief of staff, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
• Col. David J. Furness, director, Expeditionary Warfare School, Quantico, Va.
• Col. Michael S. Groen, director, Strategic Initiatives Group, Washington.
• Col. Kevin M. Iiams, wing standards officer, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, N.C.
• Col. John M. Jansen, commanding officer, Marine Aircraft Group 11, San Diego.
• Col. Kevin J. Killea, branch head, Department of Aviation Weapons Requirements Branch, Washington.
• Col. David A. Ottignon, executive assistant to the secretary of the Navy, Washington.
• Col. Thomas D. Weidley, assistant chief of staff, G-3, U.S. Marine Forces Pacific, Camp Smith, Hawaii.
• Col. Terry V. Williams, executive assistant to deputy commandant for installation and logistics, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington.