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Lt Gen James B. Hecker
Lt Gen James B. Hecker 
Commander and President 

Maj Gen Brad M. Sullivan
Maj Gen Brad M. Sullivan 
Commander, LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education
Vice Commander, Air University

Brig Gen Jeffrey Pennington
Brig Gen Jeffrey Pennington
Mobilization Assistant to Commander/President

Brig. Gen. John P. Hronek
Brig Gen John P. Hronek II
Air National Guard Assistant to Commander/President



Senior Leader Biographies

  • LIEUTENANT GENERAL JAMES B. HECKER

    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 Force, 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.
  • MAJOR GENERAL BRAD M. SULLIVAN

    Maj. Gen. Brad M. Sullivan is Commander, LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, and Vice Commander, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  The Center advances warfighting through doctrine, education and simulation, while Air University serves as the intellectual and leadership-development center of the Air Force.   
  • BRIGADIER GENERAL JEFFREY PENNINGTON

    Brig. Gen. Jeffrey T. Pennington is the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander and President, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He assists in providing full spectrum education, research and outreach at every level through professional military education, professional continuing education and academic degree granting. He assists in leading the intellectual and leadership center of the U.S. Air Force, graduating more than 50,000 resident and 120,000 non-resident officers, enlisted and civilian personnel each year. Additionally, he assists with officer commissioning through Officer Training School and ROTC.Brig. Gen. Pennington graduated from the Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering. His active duty assignments include completion of
  • BRIGADIER GENERAL JOHN P HRONEK II

    Brig. Gen. John P. Hronek is the Assistant Adjutant General, Montana National Guard, Fort Harrison, Montana and also serves as Commander of the Montana Air National Guard. He is responsible for the leadership, professional development, and senior-level management of the 1,000 personnel assigned to the 120th Airlift Wing, the 219th RED HORSE Squadron, and the Montana Air National Guard Joint Force Headquarters. General Hronek is the Senior Air National Guard Officer in Montana and serves as the principal advisor to both the Governor and the Adjutant General of Montana on matters pertaining to the Montana Air National Guard. As Commander, he is responsible for providing mission-ready forces to support national defense requirements worldwide, and emergency response, relief, and recovery
  • DR. TODD I. STEWART

    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
  • BRIGADIER GENERAL JEREMY T. SLOANE

    Brig. Gen. Jeremy T. Sloane is Commandant, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. 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.  General Sloane graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. He earned his pilot wings at Columbus AFB, Miss., in 1996 and completed the F-16 Initial Qualification Course at Luke AFB, Ariz., in 1997. He has held a variety of F-16 flying assignments to include U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Operations Officer, Operations
  • BRIGADIER GENERAL CHRISTOPHER J. NIEMI

    Brig. Gen. Christopher Niemi is the Commander of the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. As the Air Force’s largest officer accession source, General Niemi leads more than 3,200 Airmen, training 163,000 cadets at 2,140 global locations. The command includes 16,700 cadets at 1,250 colleges and universities nationwide for Air Force ROTC, 3,300 cadets in Air Force Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, and more than 143,000 cadets in 890 high schools globally supporting Air Force Junior ROTC. The Holm Center produces more than 85 percent of the Air Force’s front line officers, chaplains, judge advocates and medical officers.General Niemi entered the Air Force in 1993 as a graduate from Air Force ROTC at the Georgia Institute
  • BRIGADIER GENERAL EVAN L. PETTUS

    Brig. Gen. Evan Pettus is the Commandant, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, 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 air-minded joint leaders. Air Command and Staff College graduates about 500 residents and over 9,000 nonresident students from all U.S. military services, federal agencies and 65 partner nations each year.
  • COLONEL SHAWN T. COCHRAN

    Colonel Shawn T. Cochran is Commandant and Dean of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS), Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  SAASS is a selective one-year graduate school with 16 terminally credentialed faculty members and 44 Air Force, Department of Defense, and international students.  The mission of SAASS is to educate strategists for the Air Force and nation.    Colonel Cochran entered the Air Force in 1995 as a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.  He served multiple assignments as an HH-60G combat rescue pilot, participating in numerous overseas contingency and humanitarian operations. Colonel Cochran commanded the 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody AFB, GA, as well as expeditionary rescue squadrons at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan and
  • COLONEL RICKY L. MILLS

    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 A. BROWN

    Colonel Kathryn Brown is the Commander, Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. She is responsible for Air 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, Air Force Career Development Academy and Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. The Center is responsible for expanding the leadership capabilities of more than 400,000 total force enlisted Airmen.
  • COLONEL TERRI A. JONES

    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. 

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