WASHINGTON — Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost has became only the second woman to lead one of the Pentagon’s 11 so-called combatant commands that spearhead the military’s worldwide operations.
At a change-of-command ceremony at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin applauded her historic rise, calling her a “legend of a leader.”
She is a 1988 graduate of the Air Force Academy. A pilot by training, she was a pivotal player in the airlift of tens of thousands of evacuees from Kabul in August.
She helped orchestrate the airlift as commander of the Air Force Air Mobility Command.