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    Lt. Gen. James B. Hecker is Commander and President, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He provides full-spectrum education, research and outreach at every level through professional military education, professional continuing education and academic degree granting. He leads the intellectual and leadership center of the U.S. Air and Space Forces, graduating more than 50,000 residents and 120,000 non-resident officers, enlisted and civilian personnel each year. Additionally, he is responsible for officer commissioning through Officer Training School and the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

    Chief Master Sergeant Tamar S. Dennis is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air University, headquartered at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Air University provides the full spectrum of Air and Space Forces education, graduating 50,000 resident and 120,000 non-resident officers, enlisted and civilian personnel each year from commissioning programs to the highest levels of professional military education. In her role as command chief, she serves as the Adviser to the Commander on matters affecting the professional development, education, health, welfare, morale and employment of enlisted members assigned to over 1,300 locations around the world. The chief leads in the development and education of the U.S. Air and Space Force’s enlisted corps across their entire career.

    Maj. Gen. Jeff Hinrichs is the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander and President, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  Maj. Gen. Hinrichs entered the Air Force in 1992 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency; and Chief, Central Security Service. His career has spanned eight commands and agencies and included Individual Mobilization Augmentee to commanders at the wing and intelligence center levels as well as commander of an active duty intelligence squadron as a reservist. Maj. Gen. Hinrichs deployed in key intelligence leadership positions during operations Deliberate Force/Joint Endeavor, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi

    Dr. Todd Stewart currently serves as Director and Chancellor, Air Force Institute of Technology.  In this position, he leads a team of more than 500  military and civilian Airmen who provide professional continuing education to more than 25,000 people annually and advanced academic education to more than 3,000 graduate students.Dr. Stewart served for 34 years with the United States Air Force. His military career included numerous command and staff assignments in positions responsible for combat engineering and installation management, including infrastructure construction, operation and maintenance, energy management, environmental protection and military family housing management at Air Force bases in the United States and around the world. While on active duty, he also served as an

    Brig. Gen. Michael T. Rawls is the Commandant, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The Air War College is the Air Force’s senior professional military education institution, providing post-graduate senior leader development programs focused on joint, multinational, multi-agency warfighting and international security operations, air, space and cyberspace force strategy development and national security planning.

    Brig. Gen. Leslie A. Maher is Commander, Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. As the Air Force’s largest officer accession source, Brig. Gen. Maher leads more than 3,300 Airmen, training 120,000 cadets at 2,085 global locations. The command includes 15,000 cadets at 1,200 colleges and universities nationwide for Air Force ROTC, 3,500 cadets in Air Force Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, and more than 101,000 cadets in 885 high schools globally supporting Air Force Junior ROTC.

    Colonel Lee G. Gentile, Jr. is the Commandant, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Air Command and Staff College is the world’s premier in-residence and distance-learning professional military education college for mid-career officers and civilians, which focuses on the education and development of airminded joint leaders. Each year, Air Command and Staff College graduates approximately 500 resident and over 9,000 nonresident students from all U.S. military services, federal agencies, and 65 partner nations.

    Col Ricky L. Mills is the Commandant, Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Every year, the School educates over 4,200 USAF captains, civilians, and international officers to think, communicate, cooperate, and lead in the joint environment. The school's team of military and civilian faculty develop and teach the Professional Military Education curriculum that begins a student’s preparation to serve as senior Air Force leaders in the future.Colonel Mills grew up in an Air Force family and entered the Air Force in 1995 as a graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Texas A&M University. He is a career intelligence officer with extensive operational and combat experience. He also served on various staff assignments at the major command and

    Colonel Kathryn Brown is the Commander, Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. She is responsible for Air and Space Force enlisted professional military education delivered through 68 Airmen Leadership Schools, 11 Non-Commissioned Officer Academies, Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Chief Leadership Course, Community College of the Air Force, and Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. The Center is responsible for expanding the leadership capabilities of more than 400,000 total force enlisted Air and Space professionals.

    Colonel Terri A. Jones is the Commander of Air University’s Ira C. Eaker Center for Leadership Development, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The Eaker Center provides leadership education, functionally aligned technical training, professional continuing education and civilian undergraduate education to Air Force and other Department of Defense personnel. The Center is comprised of the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence and six primary schools: Commanders' Professional Development School; Force Support Professional Development School; Air Force Chaplain Corps College; Air Force Civilian School; Air Force First Sergeant Academy; and the Defense Financial Management and Comptroller School.