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U. S. Forces Japan Deputy Commander Selected To Command Marine

UNRELEASED | Sept. 12, 2008

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - The United States Marine Corps announced recently

that, Maj. Gen. James F. Flock, Naval Aviator and Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Japan

will transfer and take command of the 2nd Marine Air Wing in Cherry Point, N.C. this fall.

Marine Brig. Gen. John A. Toolan, Jr., Principal Director (Asia & Pacific), Office of

the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Asia & Pacific) at the Pentagon has been

designated to replace Flock.

Flock has served in the position since July 2007. Committed to strengthening the

U.S.-Japan Security Alliance, Flock has focused primarily on his service as the chairman

of the Joint Committee which serves as a vital mechanism in maintaining working

agreements under the US-Japan Security Alliance.

Additionally, he has led the progress in the areas of military planning,

interoperability and training, while realigning US forces for an 'enduring presence' in Japan.

"It's been an honor to serve here in Japan again," Flock said. "Having had four

different assignments in Japan in Okinawa, Iwakuni and now Yokota, it has been an honor

to support the important security alliance here.”

“Working closely with the US embassy and Japanese civilian and military

counterparts, has been an outstanding experience,” Flock said. “Together, we have been

able to move many initiatives forward and sustain bilateral capabilities and support quality

of life for US forces members and families serving in Japan. I look forward to seeing

continued progress,” he added.

“My wife Kelly and I are grateful for the opportunity to serve our Nation in Japan and

are thankful to all those who serve the cause of freedom around the world."

Flock will assume command of the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing from Brig. Gen. Robert

S. Walsh in a change of command ceremony Oct. 22 at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry

Point, N.C.

The mission of 2d MAW is to conduct air operations in support of Marine Forces to

include Offensive Air Support, Antiair Warfare, Assault Support, Aerial Reconnaissance,

Electronic Warfare, and Control of Aircraft and Missiles. Today, 2d MAW’s Marines, Sailors,

and numerous fighters, attack jets, electronic countermeasures aircraft, helicopters,

unmanned aerial vehicles and refueling and transport aircraft remain active around the