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Deputy Director of Central Intelligence Confirmed for Fourth Star

October 31, 1997

General John A. Gordon (USAF), 51, the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence (DDCI), was confirmed by the Senate yesterday for his fourth star. On October 27, 1997, General Gordon was confirmed by the Senate as DDCI.

As the DDCI, General Gordon serves as deputy to Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet.

When the President announced his intent to nominate General Gordon as DDCI in July 1997, Mr. Tenet said General Gordon's broad politico-military and military operations background -- as well as his Intelligence Community service -- made him "superbly qualified" for the position.

Describing General Gordon as a "valued and trusted colleague and partner," Mr. Tenet added: "I look forward to having John at my side over the next several years."

Prior to becoming DDCI, General Gordon had been Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support since September 1996, serving as the DCI's principal adviser and representative on military issues. Before that, he served as Special Assistant to the Air Force Chief of Staff for long-range planning.

Rear Admiral Thomas R. Wilson (USN), who served as the Vice Director for Intelligence, J2, Joint Chiefs of Staff, since November 1994, has succeeded General Gordon as Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support.


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