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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
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