President nominates Armed Forces secretaries

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President nominates Armed Forces secretaries
April 24, 2001 Web posted at: 4:33 PM EDT (2033 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush nominated secretaries for the Army, Air Force and Navy on Tuesday.

Bush named James G. Roche, corporate vice president of Northrop Grumman Corp., as secretary of the Air Force. Roche, a 23-year Navy veteran, was a Democratic aide for the Senate Armed Services Committee from 1983 to 1984, and was a senior staffer for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 1979 to 1981.

Bush chose retired Brig. Gen. Thomas E. White, vice chairman of Enron Energy Services, as Secretary of the Army. White, who served in the Army for 23 years, has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Enron Operations Corp. and as chairman and CEO of Enron Power Corp. since joining Enron in 1990. He was executive assistant to Gen. Colin Powell while Powell headed the Joint Chiefs of Staff under former President George H.W. Bush.

Bush tapped General Dynamics executive vice president Gordon England to be Secretary of the Navy. England has worked for General Dynamics since 1980, except for four years when he served as president of Lockheed Fort Worth, as a program manager for Amecom (Litton Industries) and as CEO of GRE Consultants.

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