Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has made the following nominations:
Air Force Lt. Gen. Gary L. North has been nominated for appointment to the grade of general and assignment as commander, Pacific Air Forces; air component commander for U.S. Pacific Command; and executive director, Pacific Air Combat operations staff, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. North is currently serving as commander, Ninth Air Force, Air Combat Command; and commander, U.S. Central Command Air Forces, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.
Air Force Maj. Gen. Frank Gorenc has been nominated for appointment to the grade of lieutenant general and assignment as commander, Third Air Force, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Gorenc is currently serving as director, air and space operations, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va.