Maj. Gen. Mark Kelly, the commander of Air Combat Command's 9th Air Force, will become the next special assistant to ACC commander Gen. Herbert "Hawk" Carlisle.

The Air Force announced Kelly's reassignment in a May 12 release. Kelly, a command pilot with more than 5,500 hours flying the F-15, F-16, F/A-18, T-37 and T-38, has been commander of the 9th at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina since July 2015.

The Air Force also announced that Brig. Gen. Lenny Richoux — who is now the Air Force's director of services — will become vice commander of Air Mobility Command's 18th Air Force at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Richoux will be succeeded by Brig. Gen. Kathleen Cook, who is now the Air Force's public affairs director.

And three colonels — Sean Farrell, Timothy Haugh and William Holt — have been selected for promotion to brigadier general, the Air Force said.

Farrell, who is now commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing at Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida, will become AFSOC's new director of strategic plans, programs and requirements.

Haugh — the current commander of ACC's 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia — will become deputy commander of Joint Task Force ARES for U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Maryland.

And Holt will move from his current job as commander of AFSOC's 352nd Special Operations Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, to director of operations for AFSOC's headquarters at Hurlburt.

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