Strategic Command, Pacific Fleet leaders appointed
By AUDREY McAVOY
HONOLULU — President Barack Obama has appointed Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Cecil Haney to lead the U.S. Strategic Command in Nebraska, the military said Monday.
The president also nominated Vice Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., the assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to succeed Haney at Pacific Fleet. Harris is also being nominated for promotion to admiral.
Both appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.
Haney was the deputy commander at Strategic Command before assuming the leadership post at Pacific Fleet in January 2012.
The Strategic Command has responsibility for the nation’s nuclear forces, including long-range missiles carried aboard submarines and bombers, and land-based missiles capable of striking around the globe.
The Pacific Fleet, which is headquartered at Pearl Harbor, encompasses nearly 200 surface ships and submarines and nearly 1,100 aircraft from California and Washington state to the Indian Ocean. It includes more than 140,000 sailors and civilians.
Harris previously served as director of operations for U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain and for the U.S. Southern Command. He also served three tours with Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1 in Japan.
The naval flight officer became assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in October 2011. He’s the chairman direct representative to the secretary of state in this position.
The Pacific Fleet is a focal point of the Obama administration’s policy to emphasize the Asia and Pacific region.
The Pentagon last year announced plans to deploy 60 percent of the Navy’s ships to the region by 2020. Haney told The Associated Press in an interview last year the shift wasn’t just about quantity but also about quality as the Navy is sending its most advanced vessels and aircraft to the region.
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