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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Five Air Force colonels stationed in Europe have been nominated for their first star, officials said Wednesday.

President Bush has nominated the officers to the grade of brigadier general. Three of the colonels serve in U.S. Air Forces in Europe, while the other two are serving with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The nominees are:

Col. David Goldfein, commander of the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base. Goldfein, a command pilot with more than 3,700 flight hours, is a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate. He previously commanded the 366th Operations Group at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, and the 555th Fighter Squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

Col. James Poss, director of intelligence at USAFE headquarters at Ramstein Air Base. He oversees the command’s intelligence operations, assessments and recommendations to the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. A graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi, Poss commanded the 70th Intelligence Wing at Fort George G. Meade, Md., and the 488th Intelligence Squadron at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England before arriving at USAFE. He flew RC- 135s during the Kosovo Air War in 1999 and Operation Northern Watch against Iraq.

Col. A.J. Stewart, special assistant to the USAFE vice commander. The Air Force Academy graduate previously served as assistant director of air and space operations for USAFE. He has commanded the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base, Okla., and the 6th Operations Group at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. He is a pilot with more than 2,900 flight hours in the KC-135, KC-135R and T-1.

Col. Joseph Brown IV, executive assistant to supreme allied commander Europe and to commander, U.S. European Command in Mons, Belgium. Before arriving in Europe, he served as commander of the 28th Bomb Wing and the 28th Operations Group — both units from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. He is a pilot with more than 4,000 flight hours in the T-37, T-38, E-8, KC-135, B-52 and B-1.

Col. Daniel Eagle, director of staff, Joint Air Power Competence Center, Kalkar, Germany. The University of Portland graduate earned his commission in 1978. He previously served as director of staff at Component Command Air Ramstein. He is a pilot with more than 2,600 hours in the T-37, T-38, TG-4, TG-7, T-41, F-15, F-16, L-29, L-39, YAK-18T.

If the Senate confirms the nominations, the officers will be among the 279 general officers in the Air Force — the number currently allowed.

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