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Gen. Phil Breedlove Nominated To Head Air Forces in Europe

Phil Breedlove

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Phil Breedlove has been nominated by President Obama as commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, the Air Force announced Friday.

If confirmed by the Senate, Breedlove would succeed Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, who was nominated Air Force Chief of Staff to succeed Gen. Norton Schwartz, who is retiring in August.

Breedlove was appointed vice chief of staff in January 2011 and works to manage train and organize more than 68,000 active-duty guard, reserve and civilian forces.

Also, he presides over the Air Staff and serves as a member of both the requirements oversight council and deputy advisory working group for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

He has completed nine overseas tours and has attained more than 3,500 flying hours on the F-16.

Breedlove earned his commission in 1977 and is a graduate of Georgia Tech’s ROTC program.

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