Secretary of Defense William J. Perry announced today that
the President has nominated Lt. Gen. Howell M. Estes III, United
States Air Force, for appointment to the grade of general with
assignment as commander in chief, North American Aerospace
Defense Command; commander in chief, United States Space Command;
commander, Air Force Space Command and Department of Defense
manager for Space Transportation Contingency Support Operations,
Peterson AFB, Colo. Estes is currently assigned as director for
Operations, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Estes is scheduled to assume these commands from Gen. Joseph
W. Ashy, United States Air Force, who has been recommended by the
Secretary of the Air Force for advancement to the grade of
general on the retired list.
Estes was born Dec. 16, 1941, in San Antonio, Texas. Ashy
was born Oct. 16, 1940, in Jasper, Texas.