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General McNabb confirmed by Senate

8/2/2008 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFPN) -- Gen. Duncan McNabb soon will assume command of the United States Transportation Command. With the Senate confirmation vote Aug. 1, the 34-year Air Force veteran will become the ninth USTRANSCOM commander.

General McNabb provided testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee on July 22 prior to the full Senate voting on his confirmation. The president must offer the official appointment to the general before he can assume his new position.

"I know U.S. Transportation Command's success depends on the strength of the total force and of our industry partners," said General McNabb. "I will work to continue to strengthen and leverage these partnerships across the entire joint deployment and distribution enterprise," said McMabb.

General McNabb, who currently serves as the Air Force vice chief of staff, will assume command of USTRANSCOM once Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, also confirmed by the Senate Aug. 1, assumes his new position as Air Force chief of staff.

In his current position, General McNabb serves as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Requirements Oversight Council and Deputy Advisory Working Group. He assists the chief of staff with organizing, training and equipping more than 710,000 active-duty, Air Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas.

His previous command experience includes positions as commander, 89th Operations Group at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.; commander, 62nd Airlift Wing, McChord AFB, Wash.; and commander, Tanker Airlift Control Center, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.

Immediately prior to his current position, General McNabb served as commander of Air Mobility Command, one of the three service commands comprising USTRANSCOM. The others are the Army's Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, also headquartered at Scott AFB, and the Navy's Military Sealift Command, headquarted at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

General McNabb is a 1974 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He earned his master of science degree in international relations in 1984 from the University of Southern California. In addition, he attended the Program for Senior Officials in National Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Executive Program for General Officers of the Russian Federation and the United States, both held at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is an alumnus of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces as well as the Air War College.

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