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By Lisa Burgess, Stars and Stripes

ARLINGTON, Va. — Air Force Lt. Gen. Carrol H. “Howie” Chandler has been tapped for the trifecta position of commander, Pacific Air Forces; air component commander for U.S. Pacific Command; and executive director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, the Pentagon announced Friday.

Currently held by Gen. Paul V. Hester, the job includes responsibility for Air Force activities spread over half the globe, in a command that supports 55,500 airmen, most of whom are stationed in Japan, South Korea, Guam, Hawaii and Alaska.

If approved by the Senate, Chandler would pick up his fourth star at the same time and become a full general.

Chandler is currently stationed at the Air Force’s Pentagon headquarters, where he serves as the Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements.

On Friday, Hester officially announced his plans to retire after he leaves his position as Pacific Air Forces commander, Air Force spokeswoman Maj. Brenda Campbell told Stripes.

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