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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 599-10
July 12, 2010

Flag Officer Announcement

                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.

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