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Locklear to take over US Pacific Command in Friday ceremony

Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III will take over as head of the U.S. Pacific Command at Camp Smith on Friday from Adm. Robert Willard, who is retiring.

The change of command will be held at 10 a.m. Locklear was most recently commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Naval Forces Africa and Allied Joint Forces Command in Naples, Italy.

Locklear was the commander of Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn, established to command U.S. forces supporting the international response to unrest in Libya.

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