The Defense Department has announced President Biden has made several major military nominations, featuring some well-publicized names and some that have not yet been reported.
According to the Pentagon:
- Air Force Lt. Gen. Gregory Guillot has been nominated to be chief of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. Guillot is currently serving as the deputy commander at U.S. Central Command.
- Air Force Maj. Gen. Heath Collins has been nominated to be director of the Missile Defense Agency. Collins is currently serving as the program executive officer for MDA’s Ground-Based Weapons Systems.
- Air Force Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Kruse has been nominated to be director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Kruse is currently serving as the director’s adviser for military affairs.
- Air Force Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh has been nominated to be director of the National Security Agency and chief of U.S. Cyber Command. Haugh is currently serving as deputy commander of CYBERCOM.
- Air Force Lt. Gen. Donna Shipton has been nominated to be chief of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. Shipton is currently serving as military deputy in the Air Force acquisition chief's office.
- Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Koscheski has been nominated to be deputy commander of Air Combat Command. Koscheski is currently serving as commander of the 15th Air Force.
Some of the nominations include promotions to higher military rank.
Meanwhile, DOD’s announcement noted the nominations of Air Force Gen. Charles Brown to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Marine Corps Gen. Eric Smith to be commandant of the Marine Corps. Brown is currently Air Force chief of staff, while Smith is serving as assistant Marine Corps commandant.
The announcements come as Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) continues his blanket hold on more than 200 military nominations and promotions over his opposition to Pentagon leave and travel reimbursement policies for servicemembers seeking abortion services.