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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
April 29, 2003

Personnel Announcement

President George W. Bush today announced his intention to appoint one individual to serve in his administration:

The President intends to appoint General John A. Gordon to be Assistant to the President and Homeland Security Advisor. General Gordon is currently Deputy Assistant to the President, National Director and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism. Previously, he served as Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration and Under Secretary for Nuclear Security at the Department of Energy. Prior to this, General Gordon served as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence.

A retired four star general, General Gordon previously served as Special Assistant to the Air Force Chief of Staff for strategic planning. During the George H. W. Bush administration, he was Senior Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council, and has served as Director of Operations at Air Force Space Command. General Gordon also worked as a long-range planner at Strategic Air Command and served with the U.S. State Department. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia and earned a first master's degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and a second master's degree from New Mexico Highlands University.

"General Gordon has spent his entire career in dedicated service to his country. He is a proven leader of the highest caliber, and I am honored to have him serve as my Homeland Security Advisor." - President George W. Bush