Obama Nominates Willard to Lead Pacific Forces

HONOLULU (AP) - President Barack Obama has nominated Pacific
Fleet Commander Adm. Robert F. Willard to lead all U.S. forces in
the Pacific.

If confirmed by the Senate, Willard would succeed Adm. Timothy
Keating as the head of the U.S. Pacific Command at Camp H.M. Smith
in Halawa Heights.

Willard has led the Pacific Fleet since May 2007.

The admiral and former F-14 aviator previously served as the
vice chief of naval operations.

During the 1980s, he was the operations and executive officer of
the Navy Fighter Weapons School featured in the Hollywood movie
"Top Gun."

He also appeared briefly in the movie.

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