The Air Force announced that Brig. Gen. Lenny Richoux — who is now the Air Force's director of services — will become vice commander of the 18th Air Force which is a sub-unit of the Air Mobility Command, based at Scott Air Force Base. Richoux will be succeeded by Brig. Gen. Kathleen Cook, who is now the Air Force's public affairs director.
Richoux was commissioned through Air Force ROTC program in 1989 following graduation from Georgia Institute of Technology. He began his flying career at Loring Air Force Base, Maine and was trained to operate the C-17 and KC-135 in combat. The general has served as a wing commander, vice wing commander, and squadron commander.
Richoux commanded the first integral C-17 squadron deployment in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, delivering combat personnel and equipment directly to the theaters of operations, according to his Air Force biography.