Navy Adm. Patrick M. Walsh has been nominated for commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

If confirmed by Congress, Walsh would replace Adm. Robert F. Willard, who became the top naval officer in the Pacific in May 2007.

Walsh is currently serving as vice chief of naval operations at the Pentagon.

Other recent nominations involving military leaders in the Pacific include:

Air Force Brig. Gen. Salvatore A. Angelella’s nomination to the grade of major general. Angelella is currently the vice commander of the 5th U.S. Air Force and deputy commander or the 13th U.S. Air Force at Yokota Air Base, Japan.Air Force Brig. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas’s nomination to the grade of major general. Jouas currently serves as the director for operations, plans, requirements and programs at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.Air Force Brig. Gen. Douglas H. Owens’ nomination to the grade of major general. Owens currently serves as the vice commander for 13th U.S. Air Force at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.Iwakuni plans day for runners, walkersThe 43rd annual Japanese and American Goodwill Kintai Marathon will be held Sunday at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.

It will feature a marathon, half-marathon and 5-kilometer walk.

The events start and finish outside the Iron Works Gym. Check-in will take place near the front entrance of the gym from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

The half-marathon begins at 10 a.m., followed by the full marathon at 10:10 a.m. and the five-kilometer walk at 10:20 a.m.

Entry fees for the full and half-marathons are $20; the walk fee is $10.

Group to host run to deglamorize alcoholYOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Yokosuka’s Clear Vision Campaign will host a 5-kilometer run on Friday to promote alcohol-abuse awareness and to deglamorize drinking, group officials said.

The run will start at 6:15 a.m. at the Thew Gym.

Clear Vision emphasizes the message: "You don’t have to drink to have a good time."

For more information, call 243-4835.

Army office to host day for military retireesThe U.S. Army Garrison-Japan Retirement Services Office will host its Retiree Appreciation Day for U.S. military retirees at the Camp Zama Community Club on May 16.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Representatives from the U.S. Army Retirement Services Office, the Defense Finance and Accounting Office and Army Community Services will be among those attending.

For more information, call DSN 263-3940.

Korean War soldier’s remains to be buried in U.S.The remains of a 2nd Infantry Division soldier who went missing in action during the Korean War and died in or near a North Korean camp will be buried Wednesday in the United States.

Pfc. David Woodruff, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., will be buried with full military honors on April 22 in St. Louis.

Woodruff was captured when his unit was forced to withdraw from an area near Hoengsong, South Korea, after the Chinese army attacked the U.S. line on Feb. 11, 1951.

North Korea returned 208 boxes to the U.S. between 1991 and 1994. Those boxes were believed to contain the remains of 200 to 400 soldiers. One of the boxes returned in 1991 contained Woodruff’s military identification tag, and a box returned a year later contained remains recovered from the area where Woodruff went missing.

Scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA, dental comparisons and other forensic and circumstantial evidence to identify remains.

Soldier gets prison term for indecent actsSEOUL — A soldier stationed at Camp Red Cloud in northern South Korea was found guilty last week of indecent acts and sodomy with a junior enlisted female soldier, according to a 2nd Infantry Division spokesman.

Staff Sgt. Steven Jacques of the 629th Medical Company Area Support, 168th Medical Battalion was sentenced to six months in prison and a reduction in rank to E-2.

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