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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 148-13
March 15, 2013

General Officer Assignments

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

            Maj. Gen. William J. Bender, commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Air Mobility Command, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., to deputy director, operations, Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq, U.S. Central Command, Baghdad, Iraq. 

            Maj. Gen. Paul T. Johnson, deputy U.S. military representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee, NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, to director, operational capability requirements, deputy chief of staff, operations, plans and requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 

            Maj. Gen. Michael A. Keltz, director, strategic planning and policy, J-5, Headquarters U.S Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, to director, intelligence, operations and nuclear integration, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. 

            Maj. Gen. Frederick H. Martin, deputy director, operations, Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq, U.S. Central Command, Baghdad, Iraq, to commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Air Mobility Command, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. 

            Maj. Gen. John F. Newell III, senior military advisor to the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan/Pakistan, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., to director, policy and planning, J-5, Headquarters U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. 

            Maj. Gen. Timothy M. Zadalis, director, intelligence, operations and nuclear integration, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, to commander, 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

            Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Bergeson, who has been selected for the rank of major general, director, operational capability requirements, deputy chief of staff, operations, plans and requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., to director, legislative liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 

            Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Leahy, who has been selected for the rank of major general, commander, 23rd Air Force and director, operations, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., to director, operations, J-3, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. 

            Brig. Gen. John M. Hicks, director, command, control, communications and cyber, J-6, Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, to commander, 23rd Air Force and director, operations, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. 

            Col. Steven L. Basham, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, chief, House of Representatives Liaison Office, Office of the Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., to deputy director, operations, plans and policy, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. 

            Col. Patrick J. Doherty, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, director, assignments, Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, deputy chief of staff, manpower, personnel and services, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, to director, Air Force Services, deputy chief of staff, manpower, personnel and services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 

            Col. Richard M. Murphy, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, special assistant to the commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, to director, manpower, organization and resources, Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.