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ARLINGTON, Va. – The 6th Fleet commander has been nominated for a new assignment at the Pentagon, the Defense Department announced on Tuesday.

If confirmed by the Senate, Vice Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. will become director of strategic plans and policy on the Joint Staff, and senior member of the U.S. Delegation to the U.N. Military Staff Committee, a Defense Department news release said.

Winnefeld took the helm at 6th Fleet in September 2007, replacing Vice Adm. John Stufflebeem, who was relieved of duty in March after a Pentagon investigation found that he lied about whether he had an inappropriate relationship while working at the White House in 1990.

Winnefeld’s previous assignments include commander of the USS Enterprise during the opening days of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Rear Adm. Bruce W. Clingan has been nominated to take the reins at 6th Fleet, according to the Navy. His current position is Director, Warfare Integration/Senior National Representative at the Pentagon.

If confirmed, he would get a third star and become commander of Joint Force Maritime Component Europe, Lisbon, Portugal; Joint Headquarters Lisbon; Strike and Support Forces NATO; and deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe, according to the Defense Department.

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