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Release No: 456-11
May 31, 2011

General Officer Announcements

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

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark A. Atkinson has been confirmed by the Senate to the grade of major general.  Atkinson is currently serving as the director, Logistics, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. William J. Bender has been selected to the rank of major general.  Bender is currently serving as the commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Air Mobility Command, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Brian T. Bishop has been selected to the rank of major general.  Bishop is currently serving as the deputy director, Politico-Military Affairs (Western Hemisphere), J-5, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan has been selected to the rank of major general.  Bogdan is currently serving as the KC-X program executive officer and program director, Aeronautical Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael J. Carey has been selected to the rank of major general.  Carey is currently serving as the deputy director, command and control and nuclear operations, J-3, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.  

            Air Force Brig. Gen. John B. Cooper has been selected to the rank of major general.  Cooper is currently serving as the director, logistics, installations and mission support, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Samuel D. Cox has been selected to the rank of major general.  Cox is currently serving as the commander, 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Barbara J. Faulkenberry has been selected to the rank of major general.  Faulkenberry is currently serving as the deputy director, Operations and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Russell J. Handy has been selected to the rank of major general.  Handy is currently serving as the commander, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Iraq, and director, Air Component Coordination Element-Iraq, Air Combat Command, Baghdad, Iraq.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael A. Keltz has been selected to the rank of major general.  Keltz is currently serving as the deputy director, operations, plans, programs and requirements, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Steven L. Kwast has been selected to the rank of major general.  Kwast is currently serving as the deputy director, Politico-Military Affairs for Europe, J-5, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.  

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Frederick H. Martin has been selected to the rank of major general.  Martin is currently serving as the director of operations, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Masiello has been selected to the rank of major general.  Masiello is currently serving as the director, special programs, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Earl D. Matthews has been selected to the rank of major general.  Matthews is currently serving as the director, command, control, communications and computer systems, Headquarters U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert P. Otto has been selected to the rank of major general.  Otto is currently serving as the director, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. John W. Raymond has been selected to the rank of major general.  Raymond is currently serving as the vice commander, 5th Air Force, and deputy commander, 13th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Yokota Air Base, Japan.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Darryl L. Roberson has been selected to the rank of major general.  Roberson is currently serving as the commander, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Bagram Air Force Base, Afghanistan.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Anthony J. Rock has been selected to the rank of major general.  Rock is currently serving as the director, Iraqi Training and Advisory Mission – Air Force, U.S. Forces Iraq, U.S. Central Command; and commander, 321st Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Baghdad, Iraq.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Jay G. Santee has been selected to the rank of major general.  Santee is currently serving as the principal director, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Strategic Capabilities), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Rowayne A. Schatz Jr. has been selected to the rank of major general.  Schatz is currently serving as the director, strategic plans, requirements and programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. John F. Thompson has been selected to the rank of major general.  Thompson is currently serving as the air force program executive officer for strategic systems, Aeronautical Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Joseph S. Ward Jr. has been selected to the rank of major general.  Ward 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. Jack Weinstein has been selected to the rank of major general.  Weinstein is currently serving as the deputy director, programs, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert E. Wheeler has been selected to the rank of major general.  Wheeler is currently serving as the deputy director, Nuclear Operations, Headquarters U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Martin Whelan has been selected to the rank of major general.  Whelan is currently serving as the director, Nuclear Support, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Stephen W. Wilson has been selected to the rank of major general.  Wilson 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. Tod D. Wolters has been selected to the rank of major general.  Wolters is currently serving as the deputy commander, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and commander, 9th Air and Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan, Air Combat Command, Kabul, Afghanistan.

            Air Force Brig. Gen. Timothy M. Zadalis has been selected to the rank of major general.  Zadalis is currently serving as the director, air plans, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, U.S. Central Command, Kabul, Afghanistan.

            Air Force Col. David J. Buck has been selected to the rank of brigadier general, U.S. Air Force.  Buck is currently serving as director of space forces, U.S. Air Forces Central, Air Combat Command, Southwest Asia.