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February speaker: Rear Adm. Bill French, USN

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The San Diego Military Advistory Council is happy to have Rear Adm. Bill French USN, Commander of Navy Region Southwest, as its guest speaker at the Feb. 17 Breakfast Meeting. French’s first flag officer assignment was serving as commander of Navy Region Northwest, followed by command of Navy Region Marianas while concurrently serving as U.S. Defense representative to Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau.

French currently serves as commander of Navy Region Southwest. Navy Region Southwest provides coordination of base operating support functions for operating forces throughout the region. This includes providing expertise in areas such as housing, environmental, security, family services, port services, air services, bachelor quarters, supply, medical and logistical concerns for the hundreds of thousands of active-duty, reserve and retired military members in the area. The command also serves as the regional coordinator for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, headquartered in Hawaii, coordinating support for bases in Southern California and Nevada.

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