Vice Adm. James Foggo III, director of the U.S. Navy staff, could potentially assume command of U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Naval Forces Africa and the Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy.
The Defense Department said Tuesday that President Donald Trump nominated Foggo to lead the two Navy component commands and one NATO military command as well as elevate to the rank of admiral.
Foggo would succeed current NAVEUR-NAVAF and JFC Naples Commander Adm. Michelle Howard if the Senate confirms his nomination.
He has previously served as deputy commander of NAVEUR-NAVAF before his appointment as Navy staff director under the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in November.
DoD has not yet indicated the next move for Howard, who was rumored in December as a potential candidate for the secretary post at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which eventually went to former VA undersecretary David Shulkin.