Air Force Gen. Paul Selva would bring a wide-ranging portfolio with him if the U.S. Senate confirms his nomination next month as the next commander of the U.S. Transportation Command.
Selva, a 1980 Air Force Academy graduate, has served as commander of the Air Mobility Command, also based at Scott, since Nov. 2012, when he received his fourth star as a general.
Selva, whose nomination was announced Friday by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, would succeed Gen. William Fraser III, USTRANSCOM's top commander since Oct. 2011.
Selva has made it clear that he realizes the Air Force faces a tough fiscal environment.
On his Twitter feed the day before his nomination, Selva tweeted that "Over the course of the past year our @usairforce has faced hard realities. Tough call on how we spend money & manage our training programs."
Selva is a former vice commander of the Pacific Air Forces and oversaw development of the KC-46A next-generation air tanker, a $52 billion program that has remained on track after a decade of delays caused by scandals and bureaucratic mistakes.
Chosen as one of "Defense News 100 Most Influential," Selva served as a top military adviser for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Selva also has logged 3,100 hours as a pilot of military aircraft that include the C5, C17A, KC-10 and KC-135A.
Selva has commanded at the squadron, group, wing and headquarters levels.
He served at Scott previously as the 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center) vice commander, then commander, and later as USTRANSCOM's director of operations and logistics.
In Nov. 2012, when Selva assumed command of AMC, Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Welsh III told his audience at the ceremony that he was "supremely confident in Paul's ability and we're excited to see his passion for airmen shared with all of you."
As AMC commander, Gen. Selva oversaw all mobility air units consisting of almost 134,000 personnel from active duty, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve units.
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