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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 046-96
January 30, 1996

Senate Confirms Assignment of Admiral Joseph Prueher as Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command

Today the Senate confirmed the assignment of Admiral Joseph Prueher as the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command. Admiral Prueher will assume command in Washington, D.C., where he served as the Vice Chief of Naval Operations.

Within the next few days, Admiral Prueher will travel to the Pacific Command headquarters at Camp H. M. Smith near Honolulu, Hawaii. On January 31 and February 1, 1996, he will attend a conference of Unified Commanders in Chief, hosted by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which is being held in Washington, D.C.

With Admiral Prueher's confirmation, Admiral Richard C. Macke is stepping down as the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command. Admiral Macke's retirement date is not yet firm. He is being temporarily assigned to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii until his retirement.

The Pacific Command includes about 330,000 military personnel who serve in the 100-million square mile area for which the command has responsibility.

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