New USAFE Commander: It’s Time to Concentrate on Russia, China ‘24-7, 365’

June 29, 2022

Air Force Magazine:

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine grinds on and NATO looks to deter further aggression in Europe, a number of the top U.S. military leadership positions on the continent are changing hands in quick succession—starting with a change of command for U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa.

Gen. James B. Hecker pinned on his fourth star, formally succeeding Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian in a ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on June 27. The command change capped a rapid process that started with Hecker’s nomination just three weeks ago.

Hecker most recently served as commander and president of Air University. He has also spent time ​​as vice director of operations for the Joint Staff, commander of NATO Air Command-Afghanistan, commander of the 19th Air Force, and commander of the 18th Wing…

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