Europe briefs: New USAFE commander to arrive next week
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Lt. Gen. Roger A. Brady on Wednesday pinned on his fourth star and officially took over U.S. Air Forces in Europe during a ceremony in Washington.
But he won’t formally assume all of his duties, including his NATO post until he arrives in Germany next week, said Capt. Joel Harper, USAFE spokesman.
An assumption of command ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 17 at Ramstein Air Base, home of USAFE headquarters.
In addition to leading the 39,000 active-duty, Reserve, Air National Guard and civilian employees assigned to bases in Europe, Brady will be the Allied Air Component Command commander for NATO and director of the Joint Air Power Competency Center in Kalkar, Germany.
Brady — a pilot with 3,000 flight hours in aircraft such as the KC-135, C-21 and C-5 — previously served as the deputy chief of staff for personnel at Air Force headquarters in Washington.
He takes over for Gen. Tom Hobbins, who retired on Dec. 10 after 38 years of service.
Survey: Diplomats didn’t agree with Iraq policyWASHINGTON — Nearly half of U.S. diplomats unwilling to volunteer to work in Iraq say one reason for their refusal is they don’t agree with Bush administration’s policies in the country, according to a survey released Tuesday.
Security concerns and separation from family ranked as the top reasons for not wanting to serve in Iraq. But 48 percent cited “disagreement” with administration policy as a factor in their opposition, said the survey conducted by the American Foreign Service Association, the union that represents U.S. diplomats.