Senate Confirms Slew of Air Force Nominees

The Senate confirmed Lt. Gen. Tod D. Wolters for a fourth star and to head US Air Forces in Europe and Allied Air Command Wednesday night. Wolters, who has been the director of operations on the Joint Staff since July 2015, will replace Gen. Frank Gorenc, who is retiring in July. The Senate also confirmed 7th Air Force Commander and US Forces Korea Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy for a fourth star and for assignment as commander of Pacific Air Forces. He will replace Lt. Gen. Russell Handy who was appointed as interim commander in May after Gen. Lori Robinson moved to US Northern Command. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, who currently serves as director of the F-35 integration office, was confirmed to command Air Forces Central Command. Maj. Gen. Richard Clark was confirmed for a third star and for assignment as head of 3rd Air Force and commander of the US Air Forces in Europe component at Ramstein AB, Germany. Maj. Gen. Thomas Bergeson will also receive a third star and serve as US Forces Korea deputy commander and 7th Air Force commander at Osan AB, South Korea, replacing O’Shaughnessy. The Senate also confirmed Maj. Gen. Stayce Harris, who will receive a third star and serve as assistant vice chief of staff of the Air Force and director of the Air Staff. Maj. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson will become the deputy chief of staff for USAF Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance on the Air Staff. She will replace Lt. Gen. Robert Otto, who an Air Force spokesperson told Air Force Magazine is retiring. The nominations were among more than 60 military nominations confirmed Wednesday night.