The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Gen. Paul Selva as the next commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, based at Scott Air Force Base.
Selva, the commander of the Air Mobility Command, also based at Scott, will replace Gen. William Fraser III, who is retiring.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, the Senate Defense Appropriations subcommittee chairman, issued a statement in which he said that Selva's experience as head of AMC prepares him to take on this critical new assignment at Scott Air Force Base.
Beyond Selva's qualifications on paper, Durbin said, "I am confident that he fully understands how important the community in and around Scott is to the Base's mission."
President Barack Obama on Feb. 7 nominated Selva to take over as USTRANSCOM's commander.
Lt. Gen. Darren McDew, the 18th Air Force commander, has already been confirmed by Senate for a fourth star and to replace Selva as AMC commander.
Selva and McDew are scheduled to assume their new jobs during a change-of-command ceremony set for May 5.