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President Nominates New Pacific Commander in Chief

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 1996 – President Clinton nominated Navy Adm. Joseph W. Prueher, 54, to be commander in chief, U.S. Pacific Command. If confirmed by the Senate, Prueher will replace Adm. Richard C. Macke.

Originally from Nashville, Tenn., Prueher is currently vice chief of naval operations in Washington. Before that, he commanded the U.S. Sixth Fleet and NATOs Naval Striking and Support Forces in Southern Europe.

Among his many assignments, Prueher served as program coordinator for airlaunched weapons for the chief of naval operations. He also worked on strategic warfare issues and budget priorities for the commander in chief, U.S. Atlantic Command.

A Navy pilot, Prueher has over 5,500 flight hours and over 1,000 carrier landings. He served as a flight instructor with the Naval Test Pilot School, Patuxent River, Md., has commanded two carrier wings and served in four Navy attack squadrons. In 1984, he started and commanded the Naval Strike Warfare Center in Fallon, Nev.

A 1964 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Prueher returned there to serve as commandant of midshipmen. In other assignments he was executive assistant to the secretary of the Navy and an aide to the chief, Naval Materiel Command.

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