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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.