Air Force Gen. Stephen Wilson, formerly lieutenant general and deputy commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, has taken on the role of vice chief of staff of the service branch and has been promoted to the rank of general.
The Air Force reported Monday Wilson also received his fourth star and succeeded Gen. David Goldfein, who was nominated in April as the service branch’s chief of staff, during a ceremony held Friday at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
Goldfein and Navy Adm. Cecil Haney, STRATCOM commander, respectively presided and hosted the ceremony.
Wilson became the 39th Air Force vice chief of staff a month after the Defense Department announced his nomination.
He is former chief of the Air Force Global Strike Command and has logged at least 4,500 flying hours and 680 combat hours as a command pilot.
The 35-year Air Force veteran has led intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, aerial command-and control, bomber and aeromedical evacuation missions in support of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa as well as Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom operations.