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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Senate acted on two Defense Department nominations Friday, approving former Texas Congressman Pete Geren as acting Secretary of the Air Force and Keith Eastin as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Environment.

Geren, who will replace Michael Dominguez, will move into the post from his current position as special assistant to the secretary of defense for interagency initiatives, legislative affairs and special projects, a job he began in September 2001.

During his time as a Texas congressman, from 1989 to 1997, Geren served on the House Armed Services, Science and Technology, and the Public Works and Transportation committees. He has an undergraduate and a law degree from University of Texas.

Eastin, a former principal deputy assistant secretary of the Navy, will take up his new Army job from his current post as a senior consultant to the Ministry of Environment in Baghdad, Iraq. He came to Iraq from the Department of the Interior, where he was Special Counsel.

Eastin has both undergraduate and a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, and a law degree from the University of Chicago.

Several other key DOD nominations are still pending, including that of Ronald Sega, DOD’s director of defense research and engineering, who has been tapped as the new undersecretary of the Air Force.

Sega appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee for his confirmation hearing on July 28. A former active-duty Air Force and Air Force Reserve pilot, Sega is a 1974 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Sega joined NASA in 1990 and became an astronaut in 1991, serving as a mission specialist on two space shuttle flights. A two-star general in the Air Force Reserve, Sega serves as the Reserve’s assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Also testifying at the July 28 confirmation hearing were Lt. Gen. Norton Schwartz, who has been nominated for promotion to general and assignment as commander of the U.S. Transportation Command; William C. Anderson, who has been nominated to be assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics; John Grimes, for assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration; and Philip Jackson Bell, for deputy undersecretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness.

All six nominations are now pending Senate approval.

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