Release
Immediate Release

General Officer Announcements

July 15, 2021

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced today that the president has made the following nominations:

Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Eric M. Smith for appointment to the rank of general, and assignment as assistant commandant of the Marine Corps. Smith is currently serving as the deputy commandant for combat development and integration, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps; and commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael A. Minihan for appointment to the rank of general, and assignment as commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  Minihan is currently serving as deputy commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as director of staff, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia.  Schneider is currently serving as commander, U.S. Forces Japan; and commander, Fifth Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Air Force Maj. Gen. James A. Jacobson for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as deputy commander, Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.  Jacobson is currently serving as director, training and readiness, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Tom D. Miller for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as commander, Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.  Miller is currently serving as director, logistics, engineering and force protection, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.  

Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark E. Weatherington for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as deputy commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.  Weatherington is currently serving as commander, 8th Air Force, Air Force Global Strike Command; and commander, Joint-Global Strike Operations Center, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana.

Space Force Maj. Gen. Michael A. Guetlein for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as commander, Space Systems Command, U.S. Space Force, Los Angeles Air Base, California.  Guetlein is currently serving as deputy director, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Virginia.

Marine Corps Col. David J. Bligh for appointment to the rank of major general, and assignment as staff judge advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Bligh is currently serving as an assistant judge advocate general of the Navy, Washington, D.C.