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The chief of naval operations has announced a series of promotions involving officers in Europe and the Middle East.

Rear Adm. Edward Winters III has been assigned to command the Iraqi National Counterterrorism Force Transition Team, which advises and trains Iraqi special operations forces. Winters is deputy director, Interagency Task Force, U.S. Special Operations Command.

Rear Adm. Richard Gallagher, director of operations at U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, has been assigned to become commander of U.S. Naval Forces, U.S. Southern Command in Mayport, Fla.

Rear Adm. Michael Groothousen, commander of Naval Standing Maritime Forces Group Two in Naples, Italy, has been selected to command Navy Region Europe/Maritime Air Forces, Mediterranean, in Naples.

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