Navy Adm. Robert F. Willard, left, shakes hands with Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III during the U.S. Pacific Command change-of-command ceremony on Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, March 9, 2012. Willard passed Pacom's reins to Locklear and retired after almost 39 years of service. DOD Photo by Glenn Fawcett.
BALTIMORE (Sept. 30, 2011) The official party salutes as the color guard parades the colors during a change of command ceremony at Fort McHenry National Monument. Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, second from right, relived Vice Adm. Barry McCullough, left, as commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet. Fleet Cyber Command is the Navy's central operating authority for networks, cryptologic and signals intelligence, information operations, cyber, electronic warfare, and space capabilities. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua J. Wahl.
Leon E. Panetta takes the oath of office as the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Defense during a ceremony at the Pentagon July 1, 2011. Department of Defense General Counsel Jeh Johnson administered the oath in the secretary?s office. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey, U.S. Air Force/Released)
Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, take down the final American Flag to fly over Forward Operating Base Blessing during a transfer of authority ceremony March 4. Afghan soldiers now safeguard the Pech River Valley, one of Kunar Province’s most volatile areas near the Pakistan border. U.S. and Afghan soldiers have lived together at FOB Blessing for the three years. Photo by Capt. Jonathan Springer.
An AH-64D Apache Longbow crew from the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 130th Aviation Regiment, prepares for a mission from Contingency Operating Base Delta. The Apache's are now serving as a recon tool for U.S. and Iraqi Forces on the ground as the pilots' mission transitions from close air support to more of a reconnaissance role. Photo: Sgt. Cody Harding, USDS Public Affairs.
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Responsibility for Air Combat Command's three nuclear-capable bomb wings will transition from ACC to Air Force Global Strike Command Feb. 1, 2010, and include bomber forces, like the B-2 Spirit shown here from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., as well as bombers from the 2nd BW at Barksdale AFB, La., and the 5th BW at Minot AFB, N.D. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kenny Holston)
U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines stand in formation saluting with their Afghan and coalition counterparts during a Transfer of Authority ceremony between the 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne Division on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 3, 2009. The 101st transfered command of Regional Command East to the 82nd, completing a 15-month deployment to Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Michael Greenberger