New superintendent taking command of US Air Force Academy

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jay Silveria, U.S. Air Forces Central Command deputy commander, speaks during a panel on supporting the warfighter during the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium March 3, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.


By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: August 11, 2017

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — A new superintendent is taking command at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Maj. Gen. Jay B. Silveria will succeed Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson in a ceremony Friday. Johnson is retiring after four years.

Silveria has been nominated for promotion to lieutenant general, the required rank for the job.

He is a 1985 graduate of the academy. His previous assignment was deputy commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command. He was also deputy commander of the Combined Air Force Air Component, Central Command, Southwest Asia.

Silveria has nearly 4,000 hours of flight time including combat missions over the Balkans and Iraq. He served as vice commander at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.

Aircraft he has piloted include the F-15E and F-35 fighter jets and the HH-60 helicopter.

Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, the superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, chats with cadets at the Academy on Aug. 11, 2017.