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Release No: 025-12
January 13, 2012

General Officer Announcements

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

            Maj. Gen. Mark A. Barrett, deputy chief of staff, strategic plans and policy, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk, Va., to chief of staff, Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.

            Brig. Gen. James K. McLaughlin, deputy director, global operations, Headquarters U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., to director, space and cyber operations, deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

            Brig. Gen. David D. Thompson, director of air, space and cyberspace operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., to deputy director, global operations, Headquarters U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

            Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, director of programs, deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., to director of air, space and cyberspace operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

            Maj. Gen. Michael R. Boera, director of requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., to director of programs, deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

            Brig. Gen. Steven L. Kwast, who has been selected for the rank of major general, deputy director for politico-military affairs for Europe, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., to director of requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.

            Brig. Gen. Casey D. Blake, deputy commander, Joint Theater Support Contracting Command, U.S. Central Command, Kabul, Afghanistan, to vice commander, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Dallas, Texas.

            Brig. Gen. Roger H. Watkins, commander, Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development, Air University, Air Education and Training Command, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., to commander, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Southwest Asia.

            Brig. Gen. Robert D. Thomas, commander, 15th Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, Air Mobility Command, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., to commander, Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development, Air University, Air Education and Training Command, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

            Col. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, commander, 89th Airlift Wing, Air Mobility Command, Joint Base Andrews, Md., to vice commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Air Mobility Command, Travis Air Force Base, Calif.