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Flag Officer Assignments

600px-US-DeptOfNavy-Seal.svgSecretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert announced the following assignments:

Rear Adm. Dietrich H. Kuhlmann III will be assigned as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget (FMB); and director, Fiscal Management Division, N82, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, District of Columbia. Kuhlmann is currently serving as deputy director for resources and acquisition, J8, Joint Staff, Washington, District of Columbia.

Capt. Cedric E. Pringle, selected for promotion to rear-admiral (lower half), will be assigned as deputy commander, Joint Interagency Task Force – South, U.S. Southern Command, Key West, Florida. Pringle is currently serving as director, Navy Senate Liaison, Office of Legislative Affairs, Washington, District of Columbia.

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150813-N-VC599-026 CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Aug. 13, 2015) A memorial stands outside of the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. The memorial honors the four Marines and one Sailor who were killed as a result of the shooting in the Navy Operational Support Center Chattanooga July 16. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert/Released)

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Aug. 13, 2015) A memorial stands outside of the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. The memorial honors the four Marines and one Sailor who were killed as a result of the shooting in the Navy Operational Support Center Chattanooga July 16. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert/Released)

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey talks with and takes questions from Airmen at a town hall meeting on Creech Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 12, 2015. Creech Air Force Base is a command and control facility used to engage in daily overseas contingency operations of remotely piloted aircraft systems, which fly missions across the globe. (DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen/Released)

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey talks with and takes questions from Airmen at a town hall meeting on Creech Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 12, 2015. Creech Air Force Base is a command and control facility used to engage in daily overseas contingency operations of remotely piloted aircraft systems, which fly missions across the globe. (DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen/Released)

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Martin E. Dempsey and Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno and incoming Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley stand at attention at the start of the change of responsibility ceremony at Sommerall Field, Joint Base Henderson-Myer, Arlington, Virginia on August 14, 2015. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Clydell Kinchen)(Released)

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Martin E. Dempsey and Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno and incoming Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley stand at attention at the start of the change of responsibility ceremony at Sommerall Field, Joint Base Henderson-Myer, Arlington, Virginia on August 14, 2015. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Clydell Kinchen)(Released)

SOURCE:  Blacknews.com

STATEMENT BY ROBERT L. JOHNSON APPLAUDING THE WHITE HOUSE AND XEROX CORPORATION FOR ADOPTING THE RLJ RULE WHICH IS BASED ON THE NFL’S ‘ROONEY RULE’

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Robert L. Johnson, Chairman, The RLJ Companies Photo Credit: Melissa Golden /Blacknews.com

Bethesda, MD — For the past four years, I have been urging the Congress and the White House to encourage corporate America to voluntarily implement and adopt the RLJ Rule1 – the RLJ Rule which encourages companies to interview qualified minority candidates and minority businesses for procurement opportunities is based on the NFLs Rooney Rule. I am therefore delighted that Xerox Corporation and the White House have agreed to adopt a version of the RLJ Rule which they call the Wilson Rule. As I have stated many times, it doesnt matter what name a company chooses to use to identify their commitment and support of the initiative, as long as it is consistent with the innovative spirit of the RLJ Rule to embrace creative ideas that support minority diversity.

As you know, I have been a proponent of the RLJ Rule which speaks to giving minorities an opportunity to prove that they can compete at the highest levels2 of business. In fact, on December 13, 2011, at a Congressional Black Caucus-sponsored meeting with the President at the White House, I presented the RLJ Rule3 personally to President Obama4 and he said he liked the idea and would give it to his then Jobs Council for consideration and today, I am pleased that the White House has now decided to put its weight behind the RLJ Rule5.

On July 22, 2014, seven bi-partisan Members of the U.S. Senate, led by Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced Senate Resolution 511 (S.R.511)6 encouraging all U.S. companies and local and state governments to support the RLJ Rule7. Senate Resolution 511 states in part – the Rooney Rule and the RLJ Rule would improve the economy of the United States and the experience of the people of the United States; and whereas ensuring the increased exposure and resulting increased advancement of diverse qualified candidates would result in gains by all people of the United States through stronger economic opportunities.

The decision by Xerox today to implement their version of the RLJ Rule will hopefully motivate other Fortune 500 Companies to recognize the compelling need to encourage minority and ethnic diversity in hiring at every level and to encourage procurement opportunities for qualified minority businesses. The primary goal of the RLJ Rule is to make certain that minority Americans are given the opportunity to compete as equals and contribute with their talent to the growth of the United States economy both nationally and on a global scale.

Robert L. Johnson is Founder and Chairman of The RLJ Companies and Founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET).

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