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Nomination of Terrence O'Donnell To Be General Counsel of the Department of Defense


The President today announced his intention to nominate Terrence O'Donnell to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense. He would succeed Kathleen A. Buck.

Since 1977 Mr. O'Donnell has been a partner with the law firm of Williams and Connolly. Prior to this, he was a Special Assistant to the President of the United States, 1972 - 1977. Mr. O'Donnell was a legal officer in the Office of the Judge Advocate General, 1971 - 1972; a U.S. Air Force counterintelligence officer in South Vietnam, 1969 - 1970; and stationed at the United States Air Force Headquarters, 1966 - 1969.

Mr. O'Donnell graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy (B.S., 1966) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1971). He was a captain in the U.S. Air Force, 1966 - 1972. Mr. O'Donnell was born in New York, NY. He is married, has three children, and currently resides in Bethesda, MD.

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