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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 12, 1994


President Clinton has nominated and NATO has agreed to appoint General John J. Sheehan, U.S. Marine Corps, to succeed Admiral Paul D. Miller as Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic. The President also intends to send forward to Congress General Sheehan's nomination to serve as Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command.

General Sheehan is now serving with distinction as Director for Operations, J-3, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. Previously, he was Director of the Plans and Policy Directorate of U.S. Atlantic Command. He served aboard the USS Blue Ridge as Commander, US Marine Central (Forward) during Operation Desert Storm. He was the Commanding General, Landing Force Training Command, Atlantic/Commanding General, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade/Deputy Commander, Marine Strike Force Atlantic, based in Norfolk, Virginia.

General Sheehan assumes the post of Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic at a time when we are working closely with our NATO Allies to forge new and important ties throughout the region.

"I will look to General Sheehan to continue the innovative efforts of Admiral Miller in defining the role of allied military power in forging a safe and secure world," the President said.

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