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Command and Leadership

Lt Gen Anthony J. Cotton
Lt Gen Anthony J. Cotton
Commander/President

 

Maj Gen Michael D. Rothstein
Maj Gen Michael D. Rothstein
LeMay Center Commander

Air University Vice Commander

Brig Gen Jeffrey Pennington
Brig Gen Jeffrey Pennington
Mobilization Assistant to

Commander/President

Brig Gen Dawn M. Ferrell
Brig Gen Dawn M. Ferrell
Air National Guard Assistant

to Commander/President

CMSgt Todd M. Simmons
CMSgt Todd M. Simmons
Command Chief

 

SENIOR LEADER BIOGRAPHIES

  • LIEUTENANT GENERAL ANTHONY J. COTTON

    Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton 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 resident 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. General Cotton entered the Air Force through the ROTC program in 1986 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He has commanded at the
  • MAJOR GENERAL MICHAEL D. ROTHSTEIN

    Maj. Gen. Michael D. Rothstein is the Commander, Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education and the Vice Commander of 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 resident and 120,000 non-resident officers, enlisted and civilian personnel each year. Air University is responsible for Air Force enlisted and officer professional military education, professional continuing education and graduate education, as well as officer commissioning through Officer Training School and ROTC. The Curtis E.
  • 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 the Reserve Officer Training Corps. General Pennington graduated from the Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering. His active duty
  • CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT TODD M. SIMMONS

    Chief Master Sergeant Todd M. Simmons is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL. Air University provides the full spectrum of Air Force 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 his role as command chief, he 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 Air Force's enlisted corps across their entire career.Chief Simmons entered the Air Force in September 1994. His
  • 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
  • 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
  • COLONEL EVAN L. PETTUS

    Colonel Evan Pettus 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 air-minded joint leaders. Air Command and Staff College graduates about 500 resident and over 9,000 nonresident students from all US military services, federal agencies and 65 partner nations each year.    Prior to assuming his current position, Colonel Pettus was the Commander of the 48th Fighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, where he led approximately 4,500 active-duty military members, in addition to 1,000 U.S. and U.K. civilians, conducting and supporting combat
  • COLONEL WAYNE W. STRAW

    Col Wayne W. Straw is the Commandant, Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The School’s team of military and civilian faculty develop Professional Military Education curriculum and teach over 4,200 company grade officers annually. The School educates Air Force Captains to think, communicate, cooperate, and lead in the joint environment.Colonel Straw is from Altamonte Springs, Fla. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Wake Forest University and a Master of Business  Administration from Florida State University before commissioning through Officer Training School in 1993 as a distinguished graduate. Colonel Straw has had multiple flying assignments and has over 2,000 flight hours in the F-15E, including almost 700 in combat. He