New Commander for Allied Joint Force Command Naples

Adm. Roughead, chief of naval operations, speaks during the change of command ceremony at Allied JFC Naples with Adm. Locklear.

From Allied Command Operations:  Adm. Mark Fitzgerald turned over command to Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, during a change of command ceremony at Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Naples, Oct. 6. The ceremony marked the completion of Fitzgerald’s tour as commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF), commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples. Numerous dignitaries and visitors from civilian and military forces throughout the world attended the ceremony; dignitaries included Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, Army Gen. William “Kip” Ward, commander, U.S. Africa Command and German Air Force Gen. Manfred Lange, chief of staff, Allied Command Operations. …

Locklear comes to Naples after serving as Director, Navy Staff. Locklear is a 1992 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from George Washington University.

The NAVEUR-NAVAF area of responsibility covers approximately half of the Atlantic Ocean, from the North Pole to Antarctica; as well as the Adriatic, Baltic, Barents, Black, Caspian, Mediterranean and North Seas; to include all of Russia, Europe and nearly the entire continent of Africa.  (photo: Allied Command Operations)

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