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General Officer Assignments – February 22, 2013

            The chief of staff, Air Force announced today the following assignments:

Maj. Gen. Norman J. Brozenick Jr., commander, Special Operations Command – Pacific, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, to vice commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Maj. Gen. James J. Jones, director, operations, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., to assistant deputy chief of staff, operations, plans and requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Maj. Gen. James K. McLaughlin, director, space operations, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., to commander, 24th Air Force, Air Force Space Command, and commander, Air Forces Cyber, U.S. Cyber Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Maj. Gen. Harry D. Polumbo Jr., commander, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force -Afghanistan, Air Combat Command and deputy commander – air, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan; and deputy chief of staff – air, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Kabul, Afghanistan, to commander, 9th Air Force, Air Combat Command, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.

Maj. Gen. John N.T. Shanahan, deputy director for global operations, J-39, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., to commander, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, director of air, space and cyberspace operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., to vice commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

Brig. Gen. Theresa C. Carter, who has been selected for the rank of major general, commander, 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to Air Force civil engineer, Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Brig. Gen. Mark C. Dillon, who has been selected for the rank of major general, director, regional affairs, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., to chief of staff for the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces – Korea, Yongsan Army Garrison, South Korea.

Brig. Gen. James F. Martin Jr., who has been selected for the rank of major general, director, budget operations and personnel, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., to deputy assistant secretary for budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Brig. Gen. Steven M. Shepro, who has been selected for the rank of major general, commanding general, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Air Training Command – Afghanistan, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Training Mission – Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan, and commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Kabul, Afghanistan, to director, operations, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Brig. Gen. Marshall B. Webb, who has been selected for the rank of major general, director, plans, programs, requirements, and assessments, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., to commander, Special Operations Command – Europe/director, Special Operations, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany.

Brig. Gen Burke E. Wilson, who has been selected for the rank of major general, deputy commander, Air Forces Cyber, Air Force Space Command, Fort George G. Meade, Md., to director, space operations, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Brig. Gen. David J. Buck, vice commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Air Combat Command, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., to director of air, space and cyberspace operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

Brig. Gen. Anthony J. Cotton, commander, 45th Space Wing, and director, eastern range, Air Force Space Command, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., to deputy director, National Reconnaissance Office, and commander, Air Force Space Command Element, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va.

Brig. Gen. Timothy S. Green, director, installations and mission support, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to director, installations and mission support, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.

Brig. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella Jr., commander, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to deputy director, requirements, J-8, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Brig. Gen. Scott A. Howell, deputy director of operations, J-3, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., to deputy director for special operations, J-37, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Brig. Gen. Charles K. Hyde, commander, 86th Airlift Wing, U.S. Air Forces – Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, to deputy commander, Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Region, and deputy commander for operations, 1st Air Division, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Brig. Gen. Patrick C. Malackowski, director, programs and analyses, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, to commander, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey R. McDaniels, deputy director for operations, National Joint Operations and Intelligence Center, Operations Team One, J-3, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., to director, programs and analyses, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Brig. Gen. John E. Michel, deputy director, strategy, policy, programs and logistics, Headquarters U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to commanding general, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Air Training Command – Afghanistan, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Training Mission – Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan, and commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Kabul, Afghanistan.

Brig. Gen. David R. Stilwell, U.S. Defense Attaché, China, U.S. Pacific Command, Defense Intelligence Agency, Beijing, China, to director, regional affairs, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Col. Nina M. Armagno, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, commander, 30th Space Wing, Air Force Space Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to commander, 45th Space Wing, and director, eastern range, Air Force Space Command, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.

Col. David B. Béen, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, director, manpower, organization and resources, Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., to deputy director, Special Programs Cross Functional Team, J-3, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Col. Albert M. Elton II, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, commander, 27th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command, Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., to director, plans, programs, requirements, and assessments, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Col. Robert D. Labrutta, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, director, manpower and personnel, Headquarters U.S. Central Command, J-1, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., to commander, 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Col. Patrick X. Mordente, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, deputy director, operations and plans, TCJ3, Headquarters U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to commander, 86th Airlift Wing, United States Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Col. John M. Pletcher, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, senior military assistant to the under secretary of defense (comptroller), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., to director, budget operations and personnel, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Col. Kevin B. Schneider, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, director, Air Force general officer management, Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., to commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Southwest Asia.

Col. Robert J. Skinner, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, inspector general, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., to deputy commander, Air Forces Cyber, Air Force Space Command, Fort George G. Meade, Md.

Col. Stephen N. Whiting, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, military assistant to the deputy secretary of defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., to vice commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Air Combat Command, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

Col. Sarah E. Zabel*, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, commander, 75th Air Base Wing, Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to director, command, control, communications, and cyber systems, Headquarters U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

*Previously announced Nov. 29 2012, going to special assistant to the commander, Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

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