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By Theresa Merto Pacific Daily News

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (July 3, 2001 – Pacific Daily News)---A top military commander is scheduled to arrive on island this month.

Adm. Dennis C. Blair, commander-in-chief of the Honolulu-based U.S. Pacific Command, will meet with military officials and tour military facilities, said Navy spokeswoman Lt. Monica Richardson.

She said that government officials will be able to meet with Blair at a reception that is being held in his honor.

"Details are still being worked out," Richardson said.

In June, Blair said the Navy may not have done its homework when it decided five years ago to cut back its presence on Guam and hinted that the Naval presence may continue to increase here.

Blair assumed duties as commander-in-chief on February 20, 1999. He is the 19th officer to hold the position.

As the senior U.S. military commander in the Pacific and Indian Ocean areas, he leads the largest of the unified commands and directs Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force operations across more than 100 million square miles.

His personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with three gold stars and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.

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