Roberson Tapped to Lead AETC

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson is the nominee to take charge of Air Education and Training Command at JBSA-Randolph, Texas, announced the Air Force on Tuesday. Roberson would remain at his current rank for the position since the Air Force is changing AETC’s command billet from a four-star post to a three-star position as it elevates Air Force Global Strike Command’s leadership position from a three-star post to a four-star billet. Roberson received his third star in May 2014 when he became commander of 3rd Air Force at Ramstein AB, Germany. He would replace Gen. Robin Rand at AETC; Rand has led the command since October 2013. President Obama in February nominated Rand to take over AFGSC, becoming the first four-star general in that role. The Senate in March confirmed Rand for the position. Filling 3rd AF’s command slot would be Maj. Gen. Timothy Ray, whom Obama nominated for a third star as part of this assignment. Since February 2014, Ray has been director of Global Power Programs in the Air Force Secretariat’s acquisition office.