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**FILE** Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta meets with USPACOM Commander, Adm. Sam Locklear, on a visit to PACOM Headquarters at Camp Smith, Hi., May 31, 2012. (DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo)
Photo by: Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
**FILE** Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta meets with USPACOM Commander, Adm. Sam Locklear, on a visit to PACOM Headquarters at Camp Smith, Hi., May 31, 2012. (DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo)

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