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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 373-12
May 11, 2012

General Officer Announcements

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

            Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III., has been nominated for appointment to the rank of general and for assignment as chief of staff, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.  Welsh is currently serving as commander, U.S. Air Forces Europe/commander, Air Component Command, Ramstein/director, Joint Air Power Competency Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. 

            Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove has been nominated for appointment to the rank of general and for assignment as commander, U.S. Air Forces Europe; commander, U.S. Air Forces Africa; commander, Air Component Command, Ramstein; and director, Joint Air Power Competence Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.  Breedlove is currently serving as vice chief of staff, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 

            Air Force Lt. Gen. Larry O. Spencer has been nominated for appointment to the rank of general and for assignment as vice chief of staff, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.  Spencer is currently serving as director, force structure, resources and assessment, J-8, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 

            Air Force Maj. Gen. Noel T. Jones has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as vice commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.  Jones is currently serving as director, operational capability requirements, deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.