By Thomas Duffy / March 18, 2014 at 7:37 PM

The Defense Department today announced that Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold will assume command of Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, FL. Heithold is currently serving as the vice commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.

Heithold joined the Air Force in 1974 and earned his commission in 1981. He is the former commander of the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency. He replaces Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel who has had command of AFSOC since June 2011.