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General Officer Assignments – January 24, 2013 – Air Force Lt. Gen. John W. Hesterman III, Air Force Maj. Gen. William H. Etter, Air Force Brig. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Air Force Brig. Gen. Theresa C. Carter, Air Force Brig. Gen. Sandra E. Finan, Air Force Brig. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, Air Force Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Leahy, Air Force Brig. Gen. Gregory J. Lengyel, Air Force Brig. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Air Force Brig. Gen. James F. Martin Jr., Air Force Brig. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez, Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul H. McGillicuddy, Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert D. McMurry Jr., Air Force Brig. Gen. Edward M. Minahan, Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark C. Nowland, Air Force Brig. Gen Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael T. Plehn, Air Force Brig. Gen. Margaret B. Poore, Air Force Brig. Gen. James N. Post III, Air Force Brig. Gen. Steven M. Shepro, Air Force Brig. Gen. David D. Thompson, Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott A. Vander Hamm, Air Force Brig. Gen. Marshall B. Webb, Air Force Brig. Gen. Burke E. Wilson, Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, Air Force Col. Richard M. Murphy, Air Force Col. Nina M. Armagno, Air Force Col. Sam C. Barrett, Air Force Col. Steven L. Basham, Air Force Col. Ronald D. Buckley, Air Force Col. Carl A. Buhler, Air Force Col. John A. Cherrey, Air Force Col. James C. Dawkins Jr., Air Force Col. Patrick J. Doherty, Air Force Col. Dawn M. Dunlop, Air Force Col. Thomas L. Gibson, Air Force Col. James B. Hecker, Air Force Col. Patrick C. Higby, Air Force Col. Mark K. Johnson, Air Force Col. Brian M. Killough, Air Force Col. Robert D. LaBrutta, Air Force Col. Scott C. Long, Air Force Col. Russell L. Mack, Air Force Col. James E. McClain, Air Force Col. Patrick X. Mordente, Air Force Col. Shaun Q. Morris, Air Force Col. Paul D. Nelson, Air Force Col. John M. Pletcher, Air Force Col. Duke Z. Richardson, Air Force Col. Brian S. Robinson, Aiir Force Col. Barre R. Seguin, Air Force Col. John S. Shapland, Air Force Col. Robert J. Skinner, Air Force Col. James C. Slife, Air Force Col. Dirk D. Smith, Air Force Col. Jeffrey B. Taliaferro, Air Force Col. Jon T. Thomas, Air Force Col. Glen D. VanHerck, Air Force Col. Stephen N. Whiting, Air Force Col. John M. Wood

General Officer Announcements

            Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced today that the President has made the following nominations: 

            Air Force Lt. Gen. John W. Hesterman III for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Air Combat Command, Southwest Asia.  Hesterman is currently serving as military deputy for readiness to the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Maj. Gen. William H. Etter for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as commander, First Air Force (Air Force North) and commander, Continental United States North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.  Etter is currently serving as the assistant to the chairman, joint chiefs of staff for National Guard matters, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr. has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Bunch is currently serving as the commander, Air Force Test Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Theresa C. Carter has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Carter is currently serving as the commander, 502nd Air Base Wing, Air Education and Training Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Sandra E. Finan has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Finan is currently serving as the principal assistant deputy administrator for military application, Office of Defense Programs, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.

      Air Force Brig. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Harrigian is currently serving as the assistant deputy commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, and assistant vice commander, 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force, Air Combat Command, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Leahy has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Leahy is currently serving as the commander, 23rd Air Force, and director of operations, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Gregory J. Lengyel has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Lengyel is currently serving as the commandant of cadets, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Lee K. Levy II has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Levy is currently serving as the director, Logistics, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

Air Force Brig. Gen. James F. Martin Jr. has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Martin is currently serving as the director, budget operations and personnel, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Martinez is currently serving as the director, joint integration, deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul H. McGillicuddy has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  McGillicuddy is currently serving as the commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Southwest Asia.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert D. McMurry Jr. has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  McMurry is currently serving as the director, space programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Edward M. Minahan has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Minahan is currently serving as principal director for Middle East Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark C. Nowland has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Nowland is currently serving as the director, strategy, policy and plans, J-5, Headquarters U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Fla.

Air Force Brig. Gen Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  O’Shaughnessy is currently serving as the deputy director for Politico-Military Affairs (Asia), J-5, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael T. Plehn has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Plehn is currently serving as the deputy director, Special Plans Working Group, J-5, Headquarters U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Margaret B. Poore has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Poore is currently serving as the senior military assistant to the secretary of the Air Force, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Brig. Gen. James N. Post III has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Post is currently serving as the deputy director, operations, plans, requirements and programs, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Steven M. Shepro has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Shepro is currently serving as the commanding general, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Air Training Command-Afghanistan; North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Training Mission/Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan; and commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Kabul, Afghanistan.

Air Force Brig. Gen. David D. Thompson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Thompson is currently serving as the deputy director, global operations, J-3, Headquarters U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott A. Vander Hamm has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Vander Hamm is currently serving as the director, plans, programs, requirements and assessments, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Marshall B. Webb has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Webb is currently serving as the director, plans, programs, requirements and assessments, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Burke E. Wilson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Wilson is currently serving as the deputy commander, Air Forces Cyber, Air Force Space Command, Fort Meade, Md.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.  Zobrist is currently serving as the commander, 31st Fighter Wing, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Aviano Air Base, Italy.

Air Force Col. Richard M. Murphy has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Murphy is currently serving as the special assistant to the commander, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.

Air Force Col. Nina M. Armagno has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Armagno is currently serving as the commander, 30th Space Wing and Western Range, Air Force Space Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Air Force Col. Sam C. Barrett has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Barrett is currently serving as the deputy director of operations, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

Air Force Col. Steven L. Basham has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Basham is currently serving as chief, House of Representatives Liaison Office, Office of the Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Col. Ronald D. Buckley has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Buckley is currently serving as chief, Senate Liaison Office, Office of the Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Col. Carl A. Buhler has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Buhler is currently serving as the director of logistics, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Air Force Col. John A. Cherrey has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Cherrey is currently serving as chief, concepts, strategy and wargaming; deputy chief of staff, operations, plans and requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Col. James C. Dawkins Jr. has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Dawkins is currently serving as the principal assistant deputy administrator for military application, Office of Defense Programs, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Col. Patrick J. Doherty has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Doherty is currently serving as director of assignments, Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.

Air Force Col. Dawn M. Dunlop has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Dunlop is currently serving as the special assistant to the secretary of the Air Force and chief of staff for Joint Strike Fighter, Office of the Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Col. Thomas L. Gibson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Gibson is currently serving as the commander, 10th Air Base Wing, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.

Air Force Col. James B. Hecker has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Hecker is currently serving as commander, 432d Wing and 432d Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Creech Air Force Base, Nev.

Air Force Col. Patrick C. Higby has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Higby is currently serving as the deputy commander, White House Communications Agency, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Col. Mark K. Johnson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Johnson is currently serving as the deputy director of logistics and sustainment, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Air Force Col. Brian M. Killough has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Killough is currently serving as a military fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, Air Force Research Institute, Air Education and Training Command, New York, N.Y.

Air Force Col. Robert D. LaBrutta has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Labrutta is currently serving as the director, manpower and personnel, J-1, Headquarters U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

Air Force Col. Scott C. Long has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Long is currently serving as the commander, 388th Fighter Wing, Air Combat Command, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

Air Force Col. Russell L. Mack has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Mack is currently serving as the director, secretary of the Air Force/chief of staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Col. James E. McClain has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  McClain is currently serving as the vice commander, 59th Medical Wing, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Air Force Col. Patrick X. Mordente has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Mordente is currently serving as the deputy director, operations and plans, Headquarters U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

Air Force Col. Shaun Q. Morris has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Morris is currently serving as the KC-46 director of Program Control, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Air Force Col. Paul D. Nelson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Nelson is currently serving as the vice commander, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, deputy chief of staff, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, Fort George G. Meade, Md.

Air Force Col. John M. Pletcher has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Pletcher is currently serving as the senior military assistant to the under secretary of defense (comptroller), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Col. Duke Z. Richardson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Richardson is currently serving as vice commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Air Force Col. Brian S. Robinson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Robinson is currently serving as the commander, 19th Airlift Wing, Air Mobility Command, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.

  Air Force Col. Barre R. Seguin has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Seguin is currently serving senior executive officer to the vice chief of staff of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Col. John S. Shapland has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Shapland is currently serving as the commander, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Air Force Col. Robert J. Skinner has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Skinner is currently serving as the inspector general, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

Air Force Col. James C. Slife has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Slife is currently serving as the commander, 1st Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Air Force Col. Dirk D. Smith has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Smith is currently serving as the commander, 3rd Wing, Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Air Force Col. Jeffrey B. Taliaferro has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Taliaferro is currently serving as the principal military assistant to the secretary of defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Col. Jon T. Thomas has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Thomas is currently serving as the chief, Program Integration Division, deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Col. Glen D. VanHerck has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  VanHerck is currently serving as the commander, 7th Bomb Wing, Air Combat Command, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.

Air Force Col. Stephen N. Whiting has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. Whiting is currently serving as the military assistant to the deputy secretary of defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Col. John M. Wood has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Wood is currently serving as the commander, 87th Air Base Wing, Air Mobility Command, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

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