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New Great Lakes commander

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Great Lakes Naval Station will have a change in commanding officers Friday. Navy Capt. John Malfitano will hand the reins to Capt. Randall Lynch in a ceremony on the base's Recruit Training Command section. Malfitano took over at Great Lakes in July 2009. Lynch, a native of Huntington Beach, Calif., served as a joint staff officer at U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, from 2007 to 2010. He's accumulated more than 3,200 flight hours in naval aircraft, including about 700 hours in combat. As for Malfitano, his tenure included the opportunity to preside over the ceremony rededicating Great Lakes on the occasion of its centennial on July 1.