The Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm Maj. Gen. Brian Kelly to receive his third star and become the Air Force’s next deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services.

Kelly, who is now head of the Air Force Personnel Center in San Antonio, is expected to arrive at the Pentagon and begin serving as personnel chief, or A1, around early September. Before taking command of AFPC in June 2017, Kelly served as the director of military force management policy under the previous A1, Lt. Gen. Gina Grosso, who is retiring.

The Senate also voted Tuesday to confirm Lt. Gen. Mark Kelly to be the new deputy chief of staff for operations, or A3. Mark Kelly previously served as commander of the 12th Air Force.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, who is now serving as the combined forces air component commander for U.S. Central Command, was confirmed as deputy commander for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, who was previously commander of Alaskan Command under U.S. Northern Command and the 11th Air Force at Pacific Air Forces, was also confirmed to be deputy commander of U.S. Forces Korea and commander of the 7th Air Force at Osan Air Base, South Korea.

And Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, who was commander of the 8th Air Force at Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, was confirmed to succeed Wilsbach at Alaskan Command and the 11th Air Force.

Col. Timothy Madden, who was commander of the 149th Fighter Wing of the Texas Air National Guard at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, was also confirmed to become a brigadier general in the Air Force Reserve.

Stephen Losey is the air warfare reporter for Defense News. He previously covered leadership and personnel issues at Air Force Times, and the Pentagon, special operations and air warfare at He has traveled to the Middle East to cover U.S. Air Force operations.

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