From left to right, USAF Gen. Tod Wolters, USAF Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, and Army Gen. Stephen Townsend each had their nominations confirmed by the Senate on April 29, 2019. DOD photos.
The Senate on Monday confirmed a series of senior nominations, including the heads of US European Command, US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, and US Africa Command.
Former USAFE boss Gen. Tod Wolters has been confirmed as the new EUCOM boss and NATO Supreme Allied Commander. USAF Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, previously the head of Air Forces Central Command, will receive his fourth star and replace him at USAFE.
The Senate also confirmed Army Gen. Stephen Townsend to lead AFRICOM. Townsend previously commanded Army Training and Doctrine Command, and was a previous commander of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.
The USAFE change of command is scheduled for Wednesday, and the other two will be held later this week.
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