ARLINGTON, Va. — The Senate has promoted Maj. Gen. Craig McKinley to three-star rank and named him as the next director of the 106,000-member Air National Guard, succeeding Lt. Gen. Daniel James, who will retire June 5.

A member of the Florida Air National Guard and a command pilot with 32 years of military service, McKinley has logged more than 4,000 flight hours in eight aircraft, including the T-38 Talon, F-106 Delta Dart, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-15 Eagle.

McKinley’s most recent assignment was assistant deputy chief of staff for plans and programs at Air Force headquarters in the Pentagon, where he managed the $682 billion Air Force Future Years Defense Program and Long-Range Plan.

The Senate approved McKinley’s nomination May 20. He will take his post immediately after James’ retirement.

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