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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the nomination of a new Naval Forces Europe commander in a statement Monday.
Vice Adm. http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/navybio.asp?bioID=73">Bruce Clingan — deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy — was nominated by the president to command Naval Forces Europe, Naval Forces Africa and Allied Joint Forces Command. The position, which rates a fourth star, requires Senate confirmation.
Clingan, a University of Washington graduate, joined the Navy in 1977 through Reserve Officers Training Corps. He served as an F-14 Tomcat flight instructor and, over his 35-year career, commanded Fighter Squadron 11, aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, and later the Carl Vinson Strike Group, according to his official bio.
He has prior Mediterranean experience, including as the No. 2 at Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa.
The officer he has been named to relieve, Adm. http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/navybio.asp?bioID=180">Samuel Locklear, was nominated in December to head Pacific Command.