From U.S. Pacific Command Public Affairs
Admiral William J. Fallon, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command relinquished command to Air Force Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Leaf
, Deputy Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, during a ceremony at Camp H.M. Smith March 12.
Fallon departs U.S. Pacific Command, after serving two years with distinction, to assume the duties as the commander of U.S. Central Command, in Tampa, Fla.
Leaf will serve as acting commander until a new U.S. Pacific Command commander
is confirmed by the U.S. Senate and assumes command.
President George W. Bush has nominated Admiral Timothy J. Keating, Commander, U.S. Northern Command, for appointment as Commander, U.S. Pacific Command.
U.S. Pacific Command is the headquarters responsible for all American air, ground and maritime military forces in the Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Pacific Command is the largest geographical command in the Department of Defense. It includes 43 countries, bordered by two oceans, and encompasses an area that covers more than 100 million square miles from the West Coast of the United States to the East Coast of Africa.