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Brown Appoints CalVet Undersecretary and Deputy Secretary for Veterans Services

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has appointed Lawrence “Larry” Gonzales to serve as the Undersecretary for Administration and Trevor Albertson as Deputy Secretary for Veterans Services at the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet).

“We very are pleased with Governor Brown's choice of appointees,” said CalVet Secretary Peter Gravett. “The combination of military service and teaching experience both Mr. Gonzales and Mr. Albertson bring to their positions will undoubtedly enhance CalVet's efforts to reach and assist California veterans of every era,” said Gravett.

Gonzales, of Laguna Niguel, is a retired colonel with more than 38 years of enlisted and commissioned service in the United States Marine Corps and is a combat veteran of Desert Storm.  He served on the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee from 2003 to 2009 and as director of the Equal Opportunity Branch for the United States Marine Corps from 2002 to 2003.

He also held multiple positions in the Los Angeles Unified School District from 1968 to 2000, including the position of principal at three elementary schools from 1982 to 2000.

Albertson is a captain with more than nine years of commissioned service in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve. He has served as an intelligence officer since 2010, and was director of public affairs from 2009 to 2010, in the Air Force Reserves' 713th Combat Operation Squadron.  He also served on the staff of Headquarters US Strategic Command from 2007 to 2009 and held multiple positions in the 11th Mission Support Squadron from 2002 to 2004.

He was an adjunct professor at Yuba College from 2010 to 2011, a teaching assistant at the University of California, Merced from 2006 to 2009 and an assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy from 2004 to 2006. Albertson was a University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation Dissertation Fellow and served on the staff of Congressman Dennis Cardoza from 2008 to 2010.

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