Naval Academy appoints midshipmen commandant

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt announced yesterday the appointment of Navy Capt. Charles J. Leidig Jr. as the 80th commandant of midshipmen, a title equivalent to dean of students at a civilian university.

The appointment will be effective Sept. 17. Leidig, who will be responsible for the day-to-day activities of 4,000 midshipmen, succeeds Marine Col. John R. Allen, who has been promoted to brigadier general. Allen's next assignment has not been announced.

Leidig, a Baltimore native and a career submarine officer, has been the academy's deputy commandant of midshipmen since June. Before that, he was executive assistant to the director of the military's Joint Staff at the Pentagon.

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