Nominations, March 18, 1982

Nomination of Gen. Charles A. Gabriel To Be Chief of Staff of the Air Force

March 18, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate Gen. Charles A. Gabriel to be Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. He would succeed Gen. Lew Allen, Jr., whose term expires June 30, 1982.

General Gabriel has been serving as Commander in Chief of the United States Air Forces in Europe and concurrently as Commander in Chief for Allied Air Forces Central Europe since July 1980. He was Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Readiness, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, from April 1979 to July 1980. He was Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Korea, and Deputy Commander in Chief, United Nations Command, in Seoul, South Korea, in 1977 - 1979. In 1975 - 1977 he was Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va. General Gabriel served as Deputy Director for Operational Forces and Deputy Director of Operations, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, in 1972 - 1975. He is a combat veteran of both Korea and Vietnam.

He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., in 1950. He is married and has two children. He was born January 21, 1928, in Lincolnton, N.C.

Nomination of Adm. James D. Watkins To Be Chief of Naval Operations

March 18, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate Adm. James D. Watkins to be Chief of Naval Operations, Department of the Navy. He would succeed Adm. Thomas B. Hayward, whose term expires June 30, 1982.

Admiral Watkins is presently serving as Commander in Chief of our Pacific Fleet. He was Vice Chief of Naval Operations, beginning in April 1979. In September 1978, he was ordered to duty as Commander, Sixth Fleet, also assuming NATO duties as Commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces Southern Europe. In April 1975, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower and Chief of Naval Personnel. In September 1973, he was ordered to duty as Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 1, subsequently commanding Cruiser-Destroyer Force, U.S. Seventh Fleet, as well as a surface task group which deployed to the Indian Ocean in 1974.

He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1949. He is married and has six children. He was born March 7, 1927, in Alhambra, Calif.

Nomination of Manfred Eimer To Be an Assistant Director of the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

March 18, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate Manfred Eimer to be an Assistant Director of the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (Bureau of Verification and Intelligence). He would succeed George William Ashworth.

Since 1973 he has been with the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in various positions: Executive Secretary, ACDA Verification Panel; Deputy to the Senior Military Advisor; Deputy Chief Scientist for Verification; Deputy Assistant Director, Bureau of Verification and Analysis; Chief, Verification Division. He was an Assistant Director of Defense Research and Engineering at the Department of Defense in 1970 - 1973. He was vice president of the Space General Corporation/Aerojet General Corporation in 1963 - 1970.

He graduated from California Institute of Technology (B.S., 1947; M.S., 1948; Ph. D., 1953). He is married, has three children, and resides in Potomac, Md. He was born August 11, 1925.

Nomination of Heather J. Gradison To Be a Member of the Interstate Commerce Commission

March 18, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate Heather J. Gradison to be a member of the Interstate Commerce Commission for the term of 7 years. She would succeed Robert C. Gresham.

Mrs. Gradison has been with the Southern Railway System in Washington, D.C. since 1974, now serving as a rate officer. She graduated from Radford College (B.A., 1975) and attended George Washington University (1976, 1978). She is married and resides in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Gradison was born September 6, 1952.