United States Pacific Command

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United States Pacific Command
Official USPACOM Emblem
Active 1 January 1947-present
Country  United States of America
Type Unified Combatant Command
Headquarters Camp H.M. Smith, Hawai'i
Nickname(s) PACOM, USPACOM
Engagements Korean War, Vietnam War
Decorations Joint Meritorious Unit Award (9)JMUA Streamer.png
Commanders
Commander Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., USN
Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Anthony G. Crutchfield, USA
Chief of Staff Major General Eric P. Wendt, USA

United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) is a unified combatant command of the United States armed forces responsible for the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. It is the oldest and largest of the unified combatant commands. Its commander, the senior U.S. military officer in the Pacific, is responsible for military operations in an area which encompasses more than 100 million square miles, or roughly 50 percent of the Earth’s surface, stretching from the waters off the west coast of the United States to the western coastal boarder of India, from the Arctic to the Antarctic. The Commander reports to the President of the United States through the Secretary of Defense and is supported by Service component and subordinate unified commands, including U.S. Army Pacific, U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Marine Forces Pacific, U.S. Forces Japan, U.S. Forces Korea, Special Operations Command Korea, and Special Operations Command Pacific. The USPACOM headquarters building, the Nimitz-MacArthur Pacific Command Center, is located on Camp H.M. Smith, Hawai’i.

Mission[edit]

USPACOM Area of Responsibility in blue

"United States Pacific Command protects and defends, in concert with other U.S. Government agencies, the territory of the United States, its people, and its interests. With allies and partners, we will enhance stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression and, when necessary, fighting to win. This approach is based on partnership, presence and military readiness.

We recognize the global significance of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and understand that challenges are best met together. Consequently, we will remain an engaged and trusted partner committed to preserving the security, stability, and freedom upon which enduring prosperity in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region depends. We will collaborate with the Services and other Combatant Commands to defend America's interests."[1]

Geographic Scope[edit]

USPACOM's geographic area of responsibility encompasses the Pacific Ocean from Antarctica at 92°W, north to 8°N, west to 112°W, northwest to 50°N/142°W, west to 170°E, north to 53°N, northeast to 62°30’N/175°W, north to 64°45’N/175°W, south along the Russian territorial waters to the People's Republic of China, Mongolia, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the Republic or Korea, and Japan; the countries of Southeast Asia and the southern Asian landmass to the western border of India; the Indian Ocean east and south of the line from the from the India/Pakistan coastal border west to 68°E, south along 68°E to Antarctica; Australia; New Zealand; Antarctica, and Hawai'i.

Force structure[edit]

Commanders[edit]

No. Image Commander Tenure
1. CINCPAC ADM Towers.jpg Admiral John H. Towers, USN 1 January 1947 - 28 February 1947
2. CINCPAC ADM Denfeld.jpg Admiral Louis E. Denfeld, USN 28 February 1947 - 3 December 1947
3. CINCPAC ADM Ramsey.jpg Admiral DeWitt C. Ramsey, USN 12 January 1948 - 30 April 1949
4. CINCPAC ADM Radford.jpg Admiral Arthur W. Radford, USN 30 April 1949 - 10 July 1953
5. CINCPAC ADM Stump.jpg Admiral Felix B. Stump, USN 10 July 1953 - 31 July 1958
6. CINCPAC ADM Felt.jpg Admiral Harry D. Felt, USN 31 July 1958 - 30 June 1964
7. CINCPAC ADM Sharp.jpg Admiral Ulysses S. Grant Sharp, Jr., USN 30 June 1964 - 31 July 1968
8. CINCPAC ADM McCain.jpg Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., USN 31 July 1968 - 1 September 1972
9. CINCPAC ADM Gayler.jpg Admiral Noel A.M. Gayler, USN 1 September 1972 - 30 August 1976
10. CINCPAC ADM Weisner.jpg Admiral Maurice F. Weisner, USN 30 August 1976 - 31 October 1979
11. CINCPAC ADM Long.jpg Admiral Robert L.J. Long, USN 31 October 1979 - 1 July 1983
12. USCINCPAC ADM Crowe.jpg Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr., USN 1 July 1983 - 18 September 1985
13. USCINCPAC ADM Hays.jpg Admiral Ronald J. Hays, USN 18 September 1985 - 30 September 1988
14. USCINCPAC ADM Hardisty.jpg Admiral Huntington Hardisty, USN 30 September 1988 - 1 March 1991
15. USCINCPAC ADM Larson.jpg Admiral Charles R. Larson, USN 1 March 1991 - 11 July 1994
16. USCINCPAC ADM Macke.jpg Admiral Richard C. Macke, USN 19 July 1994 - 31 January 1996
17. USCINCPAC ADM Prueher.jpg Admiral Joseph W. Prueher, USN 31 January 1996 - 20 February 1999
18. USCINCPAC ADM Blair.jpg Admiral Dennis C. Blair, USN 20 February 1999 - 2 May 2002
19. CDRUSPACOM ADM Fargo.jpg Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, USN 2 May 2002 - 26 February 2005
20. CDRUSPACOM ADM Fallon.jpg Admiral William J. Fallon, USN 26 February 2005 - 12 March 2007
21. CDRUSPACOM ADM Keating.jpg Timothy J. Keating, USN 26 March 2007 - 19 October 2009
22. CDRUSPACOM ADM Willard.jpg Admiral Robert F. Willard, USN 19 October 2009 - 9 March 2012
23. CDRUSPACOM ADM Locklear.jpg Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, USN 9 March 2012 - 27 May 2015
24. CDRUSPACOM ADM Harris.jpg Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., USN 27 May 2015 - Present

References[edit]

  1. ^ CDRUSPACOM. "U.S. Pacific Command Guidance" (PDF). USPACOM Official Website. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 

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