Release
Immediate Release

General Officer Announcements

May 11, 2020

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

Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella Jr. for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, with assignment as the deputy chief of staff, operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.  Guastella is currently serving as commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Air Combat Command, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Gregory M. Guillot for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, with assignment as commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command; commander, Ninth Air Expeditionary Task Force, Air Combat Command; and combined forces air component commander, U.S. Central Command, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, and Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.  Guillot is currently serving as director, operations, J-3, Headquarters U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael A. Loh for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, with assignment as director, Air National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.  Loh is currently serving as the adjutant general, Colorado National Guard, Centennial, Colorado.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott L. Pleus for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, with assignment as deputy commander, U.S. Forces Korea; commander, Air Component Command, United Nations Command; commander, Air Component Command, Combined Forces Command; and commander, Seventh Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.  Pleus is currently serving as director, air and cyberspace operations, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Dagvin R. M. Anderson for appointment to the rank of major general.  Anderson is currently serving as the commander, Special Operations Command Africa, U.S. Special Operations Command, Stuttgart-Moehringen, Germany. 

Air Force Brig. Gen. Deanna M. Burt for appointment to the rank of major general.  Burt is currently serving as the director, operations and communications, Headquarters U.S. Space Force, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Case A. Cunningham for appointment to the rank of major general.  Cunningham is currently serving as the deputy director, operations, J-3, Headquarters U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Michele C. Edmondson for appointment to the rank of major general.  Edmondson is currently serving as the commandant of cadets, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Kenneth P. Ekman for appointment to the rank of major general.  Ekman is currently serving as the deputy commander, operations and intelligence, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, U.S. Central Command, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Derek C. France for appointment to the rank of major general.  France is currently serving as the deputy director, operations, J-3, Headquarters U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Philip A. Garrant for appointment to the rank of major general.  Garrant is currently serving as the program executive, programs and integration, Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Andrew J. Gebara for appointment to the rank of major general.  Gebara is currently serving as the director, strategic plans, programs and requirements, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Samuel C. Hinote for appointment to the rank of major general.  Hinote is currently serving as the deputy director, Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Integration, and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Brig. Gen. William G. Holt II for appointment to the rank of major general.  Holt is currently serving as the director, joint exercise and training, J-7, Headquarters U.S. Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Joel D. Jackson for appointment to the rank of major general.  Jackson is currently serving as the deputy director, operations, strategic deterrence and nuclear integration, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael G. Koscheski for appointment to the rank of major general.  Koscheski is currently serving as the deputy commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command; and deputy, Combined Forces Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, Al Udeid, Qatar.

Air Force Brig. Gen. John D. Lamontagne for appointment to the rank of major general.  Lamontagne is currently serving as the deputy director, politico-military affairs (Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Russia), J-5, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Leah G. Lauderback for appointment to the rank of major general.  Lauderback is currently serving as the director, intelligence, J-2, Headquarters U.S. Space Command, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Rodney D. Lewis for appointment to the rank of major general.  Lewis is currently serving as the deputy director, operations, J-3, Operations Team One, National Joint Operations and Intelligence Center, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Brig. Gen. John J. Nichols for appointment to the rank of major general.  Nichols is currently serving as the deputy director, nuclear operations, Headquarters U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

Air Force Brig. Gen. James D. Peccia III for appointment to the rank of major general.  Peccia is currently serving as the director, financial management, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Lansing R. Pilch for appointment to the rank of major general.  Pilch is currently serving as the commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.

Air Force Brig. Gen. James R. Sears Jr. for appointment to the rank of major general.  Sears is currently serving as the commander, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Donna D. Shipton for appointment to the rank of major general.  Shipton is currently serving as the vice commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, U.S. Space Force, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Daniel L. Simpson for appointment to the rank of major general.  Simpson is currently serving as the deputy chief of staff, intelligence, Resolute Support; and deputy director, J2-P, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, U.S. Central Command, Kabul, Afghanistan.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark H. Slocum for appointment to the rank of major general.  Slocum is currently serving as the commander, 332d Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, Jordan.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Phillip A. Stewart for appointment to the rank of major general.  Stewart is currently serving as the commander, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Alliance Ground Surveillance Force, Allied Command Operations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Sigonella, Italy.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Edward W. Thomas Jr. for appointment to the rank of major general.  Thomas is currently serving as the director, public affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Air Force Col. Jeannine M. Ryder for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  Ryder is currently serving as the command surgeon, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Air Force Col. Norman S. West for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.  West is currently serving as the commander, Task Force Medical-Afghanistan; and commander, 455th Expeditionary Medical Group, Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.