Leaders

Vice Admiral Kenneth E. Floyd

U.S. Navy

Commander, Combined Task Force

Vice Admiral Kenny Floyd hails from Lewisburg, W.Va., and was commissioned through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NROTC program in May 1980. He was designated a naval flight officer in August 1981 and completed training in the F-14A at Fighter Squadron (VF) 101 in May 1982.

Floyd served in several F-14 Tomcat squadrons including tours with the Jolly Rogers of VF-84, the Grim Reapers of VF-101 as an instructor, and the Red Rippers of VF-11. He participated in Operation Desert Storm while serving as a department head with the Starfighters of VF-33. He served as the executive officer and subsequently the commanding officer of the VF-32 Swordsmen from November 1994 to September 1997. Subsequent sea tours include a tour as the executive officer of USS Constellation and deputy commander of Carrier Air Wing 7 where he participated in Operation Enduring Freedom. He commanded Carrier Air Wing 7 from February 2003 to July 2004.

Ashore, Floyd served on the staff of the Naval Space Command in Dahlgren, Va. as aide to the commander and subsequently as flag lieutenant, commander Carrier Group 8. He also attended the Naval War College graduating with a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and served as the chief staff officer on the Fighter Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet staff. He completed a tour on the staff of the United States military representative to the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium, served as the deputy operations officer on the staff of Joint Task Force Southwest Asia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and served as chief of staff to commander, Naval Air Forces. He has served flag tours as director, Aviation and Aircraft Carrier Plans and Requirements (OPNAV N880) and deputy director, Air Warfare Division (OPNAV N88B) prior to assuming command of Strike Force Training Pacific in February 2009. He returned to the OPNAV staff in June 2010 as director, Air Warfare Division (OPNAV N88) and subsequently as director, Warfare Integration (OPNAV N88F later transitioned to N9I). Most recently, Floyd served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Warfare Systems (OPNAV N9B).

His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various campaign, unit, and service medals.

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Rear Admiral Yasuki Nakahata

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

Vice Commander, Combined Task Force

Place of Birth Ehime Prefecture
Education National Defense Academy (1986 graduate)
University of Tsukuba (1999 master’s)
Naval Commander College (2006)
Promotion LT Commander 1 JAN 1997
Commander 1 JUL 2000
Captain 1 JAN 2005
Rear Admiral 5 AUG 2011
Previous Assignments
2001 Operations Division, MSO
2003 CO, DD SETOYUKI
2004 Staff, Commander, Fleet Escort Force
2005 Plan and Program Division, MSO
2006 Chief Staff Commander Escort Flotilla One
2007 Operations Division, JSO
2008 Commander, Escort Division Four
2010 Head, C4 Operations Division, JSO
2011 Chief of Staff, Commander, Fleet Submarine Force
2012 Present Assignment

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Rear Admiral Simon Cullen

Royal Australian Navy

Deputy Commander, Combined Task Force

Rear Admiral Cullen AM, CSC, RAN completed primary and secondary schooling in Western Australia before joining the Royal Australian Navy in 1977 as a Seaman Officer. After initial officer training both at sea and ashore, Admiral Cullen gained his Primary Qualification in HMAS Brisbane in 1979.

Admiral Cullen’s initial career postings were to HMA Ships Snipe, Bombard and Parramatta. In 1984 he undertook a posting to HMAS Stirling as the Assistant Operations Officer before commencing Warfare Officer training in the United Kingdom, specialising in Anti-Submarine Warfare.

On completion of his training, Admiral Cullen returned to Australia to take up Anti-Submarine Warfare duties in HMAS Sydney. This was followed by a posting to HMAS Watson in Sydney as an instructor on the Australian Warfare Officer’s course (following repatriation of the course to Australia from the United Kingdom).

Admiral Cullen was selected to undertake an exchange posting with the Royal Navy in 1987, where he served in HM Ships Brazen and Penelope and on the staff of Flag Officer Sea Training. Returning to Australia in 1990, he completed the Royal Australian Navy’s Staff Course before undertaking a posting as a Staff Officer in the Warfare Branch of Navy Office in Canberra. This was followed by postings as Operations Officer to Commodore Flotilla’s and Executive Officer of HMAS Derwent.

On promotion to Commander in 1994, Admiral Cullen was posted ashore to undertake duties as Commander Operations West at HMAS Stirling. In 1997, Admiral Cullen returned to Canberra as the Deputy Director of Sailor’s Career Management. Admiral Cullen commanded HMAS Sydney from April 1999 until November 2000, during which time the ship played an active role supporting INTERFET in East Timor and acted as the Guard ship for the Sydney Olympic Games. On completion of his posting to HMAS Sydney, Admiral Cullen was promoted to Captain and was posted to Canberra, where amongst other duties he was the Director of Naval Communications, Intelligence, and Electronic Warfare. Admiral Cullen assumed command of the HMAS Albatross in late December 2002.

In May 2004, Admiral Cullen assumed duties as Chief of Staff to Commander Joint Task Force 633 in Baghdad. Upon his return to Australia he undertook a posting as Chief of Staff in Navy Systems Command in Canberra. Admiral Cullen was promoted to Commodore in 2005 and was posted to Headquarters United States Central Command in Tampa Florida as the Director of the Combined Planning Group. In Auguest 2006, he assumed additional duties as the Deputy Director Strategy, Plans and Policy in Central Command.

Admiral Cullen returned to Australia in late 2007 to assume duties as the Deputy Commander of the Austraian Fleet. In 2009, he moved from Sydney to Canberra to take up the position as the inaugural Director General Maritime Operations at Headquarters Joint Operations Command. In December the same year, Admiral Cullen returned to the United States to assume a posting as the Australian Chief of Defence Force Liaison Officer to the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Admiral Cullen was promoted to his current rank in December 2009 and returned to Tampa, Florida where he assumed his current posting as Deputy Director of Operations, United States Central Command.

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Rear Admiral J.P.G. Couturier

Royal Canadian Navy

Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander

Rear-Admiral Couturier joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1983 and has served in ships of both the east and west coast fleets. His first deployment was off the coast of Haiti as part of Operation Excursion in January 1988.

During his first tour in Victoria, he had the opportunity to work closely with the US Navy, first as the coordinator for the first deployment of a Canadian frigate as part of a USN Battle Group; then as the Operations Officer for USS Abraham Lincoln Battle Group for RIMPAC 2000.

He commanded HMCS Fredericton from 2005 to 2007. In 2006, Fredericton was deployed to the coast of Africa for Operation Chabanel, an RCMP operation that resulted in the seizure of 22.5 tons of hash bound for the East Coast of Canada. As the Captain of Fredericton, he also had the opportunity to sail the ship to Toronto, Hamilton, Montreal and Quebec City to give the opportunity to Canadians in this part of our country to see their Navy.

Following his Command tour, he was transferred to Ottawa and appointed Executive Assistant to the Chief of the Defense Staff, General Rick Hillier.

Back in Victoria, he assumed Command of Maritime Operations Group Four. Rear-Admiral Couturier was the Maritime Component Commander for Operation Podium from June 2008 until the end of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. In this role, he oversaw the navy's support to the RCMP-led Integrated Security Unit, which included maritime surveillance, coastal patrols, port security operations, and diving operations.

After a stop in Ottawa where he fulfilled the function of Director General Maritime Strategic Management and team leader for the Naval Transformation Planning Team, Rear-Admiral Couturier was assigned to US Central Command (CENTCOM) in Tampa, Florida, where he held the appointment of Deputy Director J5 responsible for Building Partner Capacity and Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction.

He is now back in Ottawa working in the Strategic Joint Staff as the Director General of Plans.

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Air Commodore Chris Westwood

Royal Australian Air Force

Combined Forces Air Component Commander

Air Commodore Chris Westwood joined the RAAF in 1982 and following completion of basic officer and Air Defence Controller training, was posted to various operational and instructional posts throughout the RAAF’s Air Defence Ground Environment. During his operational career, he achieved a range of operational qualifications, including Fighter Combat Controller and Air Battle Director.

AIRCDRE Westwood’s executive posts include: Commanding Officer of 1RSU (1994), Commanding officer 3CRU (2001-2003), and Officer Commanding 41WG (2004-2008). His Staff appointments include Operations Manager of the RAAF’s AEW&C acquisition project (project Wedgetail) 1997-2001 and Staff Officer Air Combat Plans at HQAC (2004).

AIRCDRE Westwood has participated in a number of Homeland Defence Operations, including Operation Acolyte in 2006, providing security for the Melbourne Commonwealth games, where he commanded the Defensive Counter-Air Force. In Feb 2007, 41WG deployed a TPS-77 Radar and a Mobile Control and Reporting Centre to Afghanistan in support of Operation Slipper. Throughout 2007/2008 AIRCDRE Westwood deployed three times to Afghanistan, heading an Air Worthiness accreditation team.

AIRCDRE Westwood was appointment as Director General Joint Capability Coordination in VCDF Group in January 2010 and was promoted to his current rank on 18 May 2010. He assumed the duties of Deputy Air Commander Australia in Jan 2013.

AIRCDRE Westwood has completed a Grad Dip Management Studies, a Masters of Arts (Strategic Studies), and an MBA. In 1997, he published a book on Information Warfare entitled “The Future Is Not What It Used to Be,” as part of a Chief of Air Force Fellowship. He completed RAAF Command and Staff course in 1995, and the Centre for Strategic Studies Course (CDSS) in 2009.

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Major General Richard L. Simcock

U.S. Marine Corps

Combined Forces Land Component Commander

Born and raised in San Mateo, California, Major General Simcock was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 1983 via the PLC Program. Following graduation from The Marine Officer Basic School and the Infantry Officer Course in Quantico, Virginia, he was assigned to 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 1st Marine Brigade, Kaneohe, Hawaii. There he served with Fox Company as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Executive Officer, and Company Commander.

In July 1987, First Lieutenant Simcock was assigned to the 3d Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. While on the drill field, he served with various training companies as an Assistant Series Commander, Series Commander, and Company Commander. During his tour in San Diego, First Lieutenant Simcock was promoted to Captain and selected to attend the Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia. In August 1991, Captain Simcock reported to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. There he served as the Assistant Operations Officer and Commanding Officer of India Company 3/5.

Upon completion of his tour with 3/5 in August 1993, Captain Simcock was assigned to Inspector-Instructor duty with the 25th Marine Regiment in Worcester, Massachusetts. There he served as the Regimental Operations Officer. Following promotion to Major and completion of I-I duty, he attended the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College.

In July 1996, Major Simcock reported to Tampa, Florida for a Joint assignment at Special Operations Command Central where he served in the J-5, Plans and Policy Directorate as the Chief of Plans. In June 1999, Major Simcock was ordered overseas to Okinawa, Japan where he served as the G-3 Future Operations Officer for III MEF and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. In June 2000, Lieutenant Colonel Simcock returned to CONUS and was assigned to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at 29 Palms, California where he assumed command of 1st Battalion, 7th Marines on 11 August 2000.

Following Battalion Command in August 2002, Lieutenant Colonel Simcock was selected to attend Top Level School at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. After graduation in November 2003, he reported to Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps for duty as the Congressional Liaison Officer to the U.S. House of Representatives where he was promoted to Colonel. He detached from this assignment in May 2006 and assumed command of the 6th Marine Regiment in June 2006. Colonel Simcock relinquished command of 6th Marines in May 2008 and transferred to the MAGTF Training Center, 29 Palms, California where he served as the Director of the Tactical Training and Exercise Control Group. He transferred in August 2009 to Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps serving as the Legislative Assistant to the Commandant. In June 2012, Major General Simcock served in OSD, Asia and Pacific Affairs as the Principal Director, South and South East Asia. Major General Simcock is currently serving as the Deputy Commander for U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific.

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Captain Wayne Stevens

U.S. Navy

Combined Forces Special Operations Component Commander

Captain Stevens was born in Concord, Massachusetts and grew up one town over in Sudbury. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. After about three years at Hughes Aircraft he entered Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in July 1987. Following OCS he attended Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training and graduated in Class 150.

Captain Stevens has served at SEAL Team THREE, SDV Team ONE Det Hawaii, SEAL Team ONE, Naval Special Warfare Units ONE and THREE, Naval Reserve Center Port Hueneme, Special Operations Command Pacific, Naval Small Craft Instruction and Training School, Naval Special Warfare Group THREE and most recently at Commander U.S. SEVENTH Fleet.

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Last updated: May 16, 2014