Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has made the following nomination:
Navy Vice Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III for appointment to the rank of admiral and assignment as commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe/commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa/commander, Allied Joint Forces Command, Naples, Italy. Locklear is currently serving as director, Navy staff, N09B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.