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Public Papers - 1989 - April

Nomination of H. Lawrence Garrett III To Be Secretary of the Navy


The President today announced his intention to nominate H. Lawrence Garrett III to be Secretary of the Navy. He would succeed William Lockhart Ball III.

Mr. Garrett is currently the Under Secretary of the Navy. Prior to this, he served as General Counsel of the Department of Defense, 1986 - 1987; Associate Counsel to the President, the White House, 1983 - 1986; Regional Director, Merit Systems Protection Board, 1982 - 1983; executive assistant to the president and chief operating officer, U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corp., 1981 - 1982; and Assistant Counsel in the Office of the Counsel to the President, 1981. Mr. Garrett also served as a member of the President's Commission on Compensation of Career Federal Executives, 1987 - 1988.

Mr. Garrett graduated from the University of West Florida (B.S., 1969) and the University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., 1972). He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1961, was commissioned in 1964, and retired in 1981. Mr. Garrett was born June 24, 1939, in Washington, DC. He is married, has two children, and resides in Oakton, VA.

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