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​Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, right, and Maj. Gen. James Hecker, center, visit US and Afghan airmen at the Afghan Air Force's Kabul Air Wing on Aug. 17, 2017, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Air Force photo by SSgt. Alexander W. Riede.

Maj. Gen. James Hecker has been nominated to receive his third star and take over as president of Air University, the Pentagon announced July 24.

Hecker is currently the vice director of operations for the Joint Staff, and had previously been the commander of air operations for the war in Afghanistan.

In his new position, Hecker would relieve Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton, whose next assignment has not been announced.

Air University, located at Maxwell AFB, Ala., provides military education from pre-commissioning to degree-based and continuing education for officers, enlisted personnel, and civilians.