Former PACOM commander to lead APCSS center

| January 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
Public Affairs Office

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HONOLULU — A former U.S. Pacific Command deputy commander has been selected as the new director of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Dan Leaf became the new director for the center, Tuesday.

Leaf returns to government service from his prior role as vice president of full spectrum initiatives at Northrop Grumman Information Systems. Leaf retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2008, after more than 33 years of service. His last active duty assignment was as deputy commander, PACOM, at Camp H.M. Smith, here, from 2005-2008.

Prior to that, Leaf served as vice commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and as the Air Force director of Operational Requirements at the Pentagon.

Leaf has been a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board since 2009, and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Fairfax County-Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness.

During his Air Force career, Leaf commanded operations at the squadron, group and wing levels, and commanded the 31st Air Expeditionary Wing during Operation Allied Force.

“It will be an honor to serve as director of APCSS,” Leaf said. “I developed great respect for the mission and the people of the Center during my time at PACOM. The focus on the Pacific region is growing; the APCSS team provides national security outreach and education that significantly enhances peace and stability in the region.”

Leaf replaces retired Lt. Gen. Ed Smith who served as director from August 2005-June 2011. Retired Brig. Gen. Jim Hirai, deputy director, APCSS , has been serving as the acting director in the interim.

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