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A number of colonels will get their first star, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Thursday. The president has made these nominations to the rank of brigadier general:
Col. Christopher S. Ballard, director of Cyber Operations Integration Center/G-3, Second Army/U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Belvoir, Va.
Col. David G. Bassett, deputy program executive officer, Combat Support and Combat Service Support, Warren, Mich.
Col. Donald C. Bolduc, commander, Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan.
Col. Edward M. Daly, commandant, U.S Ordnance School, U.S. Sustainment Center of Excellence, Fort Lee, Va.
Col. Malcolm B. Frost, deputy director for operations, National Military Command Center Operations Team Four, J-3, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
Col. Donald G. Fryc, commandant, U.S. Air Defense School, U.S. Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Okla.
Col. Anthony C. Funkhouser, commander, U.S. Engineer Division, Northwestern, Portland, Ore.
Col. Peter A. Gallagher, deputy commander, U.S. Network Enterprise Technology Command, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
Col. William K. Gayler, deputy commander, 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Col. Mark W. Gillette, senior defense official/defense attachι Cambodia, U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Col. David B. Haight, commandant, U.S. Infantry School, U.S. Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Ga.
Col. Joseph P. Harrington, executive assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.
Col. Michael L. Howard, director, future operations, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Afghanistan.
Col. John P. Johnson, deputy commander (operations), 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Col. James E. Kraft Jr., deputy commander, Joint Task Force-Sword, U.S. Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Col. Michael E. Kurilla, assistant commander-support, Joint Special Operations Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Col. Paul J. Laughlin II, commandant, U.S. Armor School, U.S. Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Ga.
Col. Joseph M. Martin, commander, U.S. Operational Test Command, Fort Hood, Texas.
Col. Terrence J. McKenrick, chief of staff, Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq, U.S. Central Command.
Col. Christopher P. McPadden, director of future plans, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Afghanistan.
Col. John E. O'Neil, commandant, U.S. Quartermaster School, Fort Lee, Va.
Col. Mark J. O'Neil, deputy commander (operations), 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, N.Y.
Col. Erik C. Peterson, deputy commander, U.S. Cadet Command, Fort Knox, Ky.
Col. Andrew P. Poppas, deputy commander (operations), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
Col. James E. Rainey, director, Mission Command Center of Excellence, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Col. Kent D. Savre, commander, U.S. Engineer Division, North Atlantic, Fort Hamilton Military Community, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Col. Wilson A. Shoffner Jr., deputy commander (support), 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.
Col. Mark S. Spindler, deputy provost marshal general/deputy commanding general, U.S. Criminal Investigation Command and Corrections Command, Quantico, Va.
Col. Sean P. Swindell, assistant commander for Special Operations Forces, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan.
Col. Randy S. Taylor, deputy chief of staff, G-6, U.S. Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Col. John C. Thomson III, director, chief of staff, Coordination Group, Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
Col. Leon N. Thurgood, the deputy program executive officer, Missiles and Space, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
Col. Flem B. Walker Jr., director for strategy and integration, G-45/7, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
Col. Robert P. Walters Jr., deputy director, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, Arlington, Va.