NEWS | Sept. 2, 2010

STRATCOM change in leadership announced

By U.S. Strategic Command Public Affairs

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - The Air Force today announced the retirement of Gen Kevin P. Chilton, Commander of United States Strategic Command, headquartered here.

"Over the past 34 years, I've been blessed with so many tremendous opportunities to work alongside the finest men and women in the world. I'm especially proud of the dedicated professionals of United States Strategic Command who deliver Global Security for America every day. Now, it's time to close this chapter of my career and say thanks to all who have supported Cathy and me over the past three decades - what a wonderful experience it's been!"

Also announced was President Barack Obama's nomination to the United States Senate of Gen C. Robert Kehler for appointment to the grade of general and assignment to Commander, USSTRATCOM.

The date of General Chilton's change of command and retirement has yet to be determined.

USSTRATCOM is one of ten U.S. unified commands under the Department of Defense (DOD). The command, including components, employs more than 3,300 people representing all four services including DOD civilians and contractors who oversee the command's operationally focused global strategic mission.