The President has nominated Lt. Gen. Roger Brady to take charge of US Air Forces in Europe, replacing Gen. Tom Hobbins, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Brady, who has served as the Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for personnel since June 2004, is a command pilot who flew both the KC-135 and C-5. He has served in various staff and command assignments, including stints at USAFE when he headed logistics and plans and programs. If confirmed, he would receive a fourth star.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.