Operation Odyssey Dawn
Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is commanded by Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, III, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, and is operating from the U.S. Sixth Fleet Flag ship, USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20). The mission of JTF Odyssey Dawn is to conduct military operations to protect the civilian population from attack or threat of attack, in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973; to establish a no-fly zone to help prevent mass atrocities; and to enforce an arms embargo to prevent the flow of arms and armed mercenaries from being used against civilians.
Commander, Joint Task Force
Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa
Admiral Sam J. Locklear III is a 1977 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.
His career as a Surface Warfare Officer includes assignments aboard USS William V. Pratt (DDG 44), USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), USS Callaghan (DDG 994) and USS Truxtun (CG 35), culminating in command of the USS Leftwich (DD 984). Subsequent fleet command assignments include Commander, Destroyer Squadron Two, Commander, Nimitz Strike Group, and Commander, U.S. Third Fleet.
Ashore, he served as Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, the 78th Commandant of Midshipmen, United States Naval Academy, Director, Assessment Division (OPNAV N81), and Director, Programming Division (OPNAV N80). Prior to Admiral Locklear’s current assignment, he served as Director, Navy Staff from July 9, 2009 to Sept. 10, 2010.
He is a 1992 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the George Washington University.
As Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe he is responsible for providing overall command, operational control, and coordination of U.S. Naval Forces in the European area of responsibility. As Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa he is responsible for providing overall command, operational control, and coordination of U.S. Naval Forces in the Africa Command area of responsibility.
His personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with one gold star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with four gold stars, Bronze Star Medal, and numerous individual, campaign and unit awards.
Joint Force Maritime Component Commander
Vice Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr.
Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet
Commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO
Joint Force Maritime Component Commander, Europe
Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe
Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa
Vice Admiral Harris was born in Yokosuka, Japan, and reared in Tennessee and Florida. Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 and designation as a naval flight officer, he was assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 44, homeported at Brunswick, Maine. His subsequent operational tours include tactical action officer aboard USS Saratoga (CV 60), homeported at Mayport, Fla., when Saratoga participated in strike operations against Libya and the capture of the SS Achille Lauro hijackers; operations officer in VP-4 during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm; and three tours with Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1/Task Force (TF) 57/TF 72, homeported at Kami Seya, Japan. In 2002, he reported to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet, serving as assistant chief of staff for Operations, Plans, and Politico-Mil Affairs (N3/N5) when 5th Fleet planned and executed the naval component’s portion of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He commanded VP-46 at Whidbey Island, Wash., from June 1995 to April 1996 and Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1/TF 57/TF 72 at Kami Seya, Japan, from July 2001 to September 2002. At the inception of Operation Enduring Freedom, Task Force 57 was heavily involved in combat reconnaissance flights over Afghanistan. From March 2006 to May 2007, he commanded Joint Task Force-Guantanamo. Selected for the Navy’s Harvard/Tufts Program, he attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, graduating in 1992 with a Master's degree in Public Administration. Selected as an Arthur S. Moreau Scholar, he studied international relations at Oxford and Georgetown Universities, earning a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from the latter in 1994. While at Georgetown, he was a fellow in the School of Foreign Service. He is also an MIT Seminar XXI fellow.
Harris’ staff assignments include aide and flag lieutenant to commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan, in Yokosuka, Japan; duty on the staff of the chief of naval operations as a strategist in the Strategic Concepts Branch; and special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Following his selection to flag rank, from August 2004 to February 2006, he was assigned to the staff of the CNO as director of the Operations, Plans and Security Division (OPNAV N31/34), responsible for Navy current operations and anti-terrorism/force protection policy. From June 2007 to April 2008, he served as director of Operations (J3) for U.S. Southern Command in Miami. He returned to the Pentagon to serve as the deputy CNO for Communication Networks (OPNAV N6) with concurrent duty as the deputy Department of the Navy chief information officer (Navy) until November 2009. In November 2009, he took command of U.S. 6th Fleet and Striking and Support Forces NATO in Naples, Italy. He concurrently serves as the Joint Force Maritime Component commander, Europe; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; and deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa.
Harris has logged 4,400 flight hours, including over 400 combat hours, in U.S. and foreign maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. His personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (3 awards), Legion of Merit (3 awards), Bronze Star (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign and unit decorations. He is a recipient of the Navy League’s Stephen Decatur Award for Operational Competence
Joint Task Force Deputy Commander
Maj. Gen. Mark R. Zamzow
3rd Air Force
Maj. Gen. Mark R. Zamzow is the Vice Commander, 3rd Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, with duty at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England. As the component numbered air force for U.S. European Command, 3rd Air Force is responsible for supporting the EUCOM Commander at the operational and tactical levels while directing all USAFE forces engaged in contingency and wartime operations in the EUCOM area of responsibility. Third Air Force units include the headquarters Air Force staff, 603rd Air and Space Operations Center, nine wings and three stand-alone groups. Additionally, as EUCOM's senior military representative to the British government, he represents U.S. military forces based in the United Kingdom.
General Zamzow was commissioned in 1978 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. During his military career he has commanded an airlift squadron, operations group, airlift wing and air mobility wing. Prior to his current position, he served on the Multi-National Force-Iraq headquarters staff in Baghdad, Iraq, as Deputy Director, Strategic Effects
General Zamzow is a command pilot with more than 3,400 flying hours. In addition to his joint duty in Baghdad, he has deployed as the Director of Mobility Forces for U.S. European Command during Operation Joint Guard in 1997; for U.S. Central Command during operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in 2004; and for U.S. Northern Command during Joint Task Force-Katrina and Joint Task Force-Rita in 2005.
Joint Force Air Component Commander
Maj. Gen. Margaret H. Woodward
Commander, 17th Air Force
U.S. Air Forces Africa
General Woodward entered the Air Force in 1983 as a graduate of Arizona State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering.
Her career includes a variety of operational and staff positions, including command at the squadron, group and wing levels. She flew and commanded in operations Just Cause, Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
The general served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Director of Protocol and military assistant, and she was the Deputy Director for Colonel Matters, Air Force Senior Leader Management Office, Washington, D.C. Prior to her current assignment, General Woodward was Vice Commander, 18th Air Force, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
General Woodward is a command pilot with more than 3,800 hours in the C-40, KC-135, C-37, T-38 and T-37.
Summary of joint assignments - July 1995 - July 1998, Deputy Director and Director, Protocol, Office of the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a major and lieutenant colonel
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