U.S. Air Force Retirement Brings New Blood to War Against the Future

June 17, 2020

By: Deborah Childress

AMC Deputy Commander, Lieutenant General Jacqueline Van Ovost

U.S. Air Force General, Maryanne Miller, will be retiring as Commander of the Air Mobility Command on October 1, 2020.  With 39 years of military service, General Miller has focused on preparing aircraft, support systems and pilots for an ever-evolving “contested” environment where new cyberthreats, threats to bases and aircraft survivability have been at the forefront of the command’s agenda, along with pilot recruiting.  The command is engaged in evaluating, developing and implementing new technologies to ensure that aircraft and personnel can succeed in the future’s ever-evolving high-risk and war environments.    

The Air Mobility Command serves a global reach mission, with current requirements to meet rapid air mobility demands under the U.S. Department of Defense.   Among other operations, the Command plans and executes American and overseas COVID-19 missions delivering life-saving supplies and transporting patients. 

General Miller has served as AMC Commander since September 2018.

AMC Deputy Commander, Lieutenant General Jacqueline Van Ovost has been nominated to replace General Miller and brings technical expertise as a pilot, ranging from heavy airlift aircraft to nimble fighter jets.  Among her leadership experiences is the duty to execute “no-fail” missions, including the safe transport of the President of the United States and the nation’s senior leaders.

If confirmed, Van Ovost will become a four-star general and hail as the U.S. military’s highest-ranking female officer.

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