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
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.