A former commander of the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is set to be the commander of Air Combat Command.
Last week, the Senate confirmed Lt. Gen. James Holmes to receive his fourth star and take over as commander of Air Combat Command. Holmes, currently the deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements, will take over from Gen. Hawk Carlisle, who is retiring. Holmes is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours in multiple aircraft, mostly F-15s.
Holmes served as the commander of the 4th Fighter Wing from August 2004 – September 2006. In his new position as commander of Air Combat Command, he will be responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime defense.