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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has nominated the Navy's next surgeon general.
Rear Adm. Matthew Nathan, the commander of Navy Medicine for the National Capital Area and the commander of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., was tapped to replace Vice Adm. Adam Robinson.
The appointment, which was announced Tuesday, will also give Nathan a third star.
Nathan earned his medical degree in 1981 from the Medical College of Georgia and has served on both coasts, as well as abroad, including as the fleet surgeon for Forward Deployed Naval Forces, onboard the command ship Blue Ridge out of Yokosuka, Japan.
He was also the fleet surgeon for Fleet Forces Command before taking his current command.
Robinson, who previously held Nathan's current position, is retiring. He entered the Navy in 1977.