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New PACOM faces expanded duties, budget cuts #Military

New PACOM faces expanded duties, budget cuts #Military

http://www.militarytimes.com/news/2012/03/navy-new-pacific-command-leader-expanded-duties-budget-cuts-031212w/ New PACOM faces expanded duties, budget cuts By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer Posted : Monday Mar 12, 2012 10:46:32 EDT SAN DIEGO — The new head of U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Samuel Locklear, takes the helm of a 325,000-strong force that’s poised to be the focus of a new strategy aimed at countering a rising China amid budget cuts that will stretch U.S. defense capabilities thinner. Locklear was sworn in March 9 at PACOM’s headquarters at Camp H.M. Smith in Hawaii, succeeding Adm. Robert Willard in leading the military’s largest unified combatant command. Willard, a veteran aviator and former Pacific Fleet commander, is retiring after a 39-year career. A year ago, Locklear led the NATO operation in Libya in his post as commander of Naval Forces Europe, Naval Force...

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