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ARLINGTON, Va. — Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has nominated Air Force Lt. Gen. Douglas M. Fraser to be deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Command at Camp Smith, Hawaii, a post now held by Air Force Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Leaf.

Fraser is currently based at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, and wearing three hats in his Pacific Command sub-unified command: he oversees the Alaskan Command, Pacific Air Force’s Eleventh Air Force and Alaskan North American Defense Region.

A 1975 Air Force Academy graduate, Fraser is a fighter pilot with more than 2,700 flying hours, primarily in the F-15 Eagle, but also the F-16 Fighting Falcon. His operational assignments include Europe, the Pacific, Air Combat Command and Air Force Space Command.

The nomination to Pacific Command’s No. 2 position requires Senate approval.

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