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Immediate Release

General Officer Announcements

July 6, 2020

Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper announced today that the president has made the following nominations:

Air Force Lt. Gen. Glen D. VanHerck for appointment to the rank of general, with assignment as commander, U.S. Northern Command; and commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.  VanHerck is currently serving as director, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, with assignment as superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Clark is currently serving as deputy chief of staff, strategic deterrence and nuclear integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 

Air Force Maj. Gen. Tony D. Bauernfeind for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, with assignment as vice commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.  Bauernfeind is currently serving as chief of staff, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Jeffrey A. Kruse for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, with assignment as the director’s advisor for military affairs, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, McLean, Virginia.  Kruse is currently serving as director for defense intelligence (warfighter support), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence), Pentagon, Washington, D.C.