Maj. Gen. Scott Rice has been confirmed by the Senate for promotion to lieutenant general and for assignment as the new director of the Air National Guard. Rice, the adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard, replaces Maj. Gen. Brian Neal, who has served as the acting director since Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke retired in March. Rice was commissioned in 1980 through the ROTC program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, N.Y., and joined the Massachusetts ANG’s 104th Fighter Wing in 1989, flying the A-10. He has deployed to Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, and Iraq, and currently serves as the secretary of the Adjutants General Association of the United States.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.