President Trump nominates Deputy CENTCOM Commander to Academy post


Maj. Gen. Jay B. Silveria

In an Academy news release Wednesday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced President Trump is nominating Maj. Gen. Jay B. Silveria to take over as superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Silveria is currently serving as Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, and Deputy Commander, Combined Air Force Component, U.S. Central Command, Southwest Asia.

According to Silveria’s official biography, the general is currently responsible for the command and control of air operations in a 20-nation area of responsibility covering Central and Southwest Asia, to include Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan and Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria.

His bio also notes Silveria grew up in a military family and is a 1985 Academy graduate. Maj. Gen. Silveria is a command pilot with more than 3,900 flight hours in a variety of aircraft, including the F-35A and F-15C/E.

The Academy’s release says Silveria will direct the Academy’s undergraduate academic program, cadet military and athletic training and character development, leading to a bachelor’s of science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant.

The Colorado Springs Independent reports if the Senate confirms Silveria, he will replace Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, who recently was named a finalist for the position of chancellor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs but was not chosen for the post.

The Academy’s release reports Johnson is slated to retire later this year.

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