Former Cannon commder named AF vice chief of staff

Courtesy photo Lt. Gen. Breedlove was named the Air Force vice chief of staff.

Lt. Gen. Philip Breedlove has replaced Gen. Howie Chandler as the Air Force vice chief of staff as of Jan. 14.

Breedlove previously served as the deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements at the Pentagon.

Also a fighter pilot, Breedlove commanded the service’s operational department since August 2009.

He received his fourth star with the new assignment. Breedlove was presented his fourth star at a promotion ceremony held Jan. 12 at the Pentagon.

“It is a great honor (to receive a fourth star), but one due to the support of countless others who have helped me throughout my career. That includes officer and enlisted mentors, community supporters and, of course, my family. The best thing about this promotion is that I get to continue to serve my country with some of the brightest and most dedicated men and women on the planet. And for that, I feel very fortunate,” he said of his promotion.

Breedlove served as the commander of the 27th Operations Group at Cannon Air Force Base from July 1997 through June 1999. Breedlove said even though his assignment in the area happened over a decade ago, he looks back at his time here fondly.

“My family and I spent almost two years there, during which we made some lifelong friendships with members of the Clovis community and surrounding areas. I’ve been lucky enough to live in some wonderful communities throughout our country and around the world, but I must say that my time at Cannon Air Force Base ranks up there with the best,” he said.

Breedlove said much has changed at Cannon, but the importance of the installation has not.

“A lot has certainly changed since I was at Cannon. Back then, we were flying F-16 Fighting Falcons of course, under the 27th Fighter Wing as part of Air Combat Command. Today, Cannon is home to the 27th Special Operations Wing and falls under Air Force Special Operations Command. Despite these moves, the dedication of Cannon’s airmen to serving and protecting our nation, and the pivotal role those men and women play in ongoing operations, has not changed. Special operations are an important part of our strategy in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, and I know the Clovis community is as proud of Cannon’s airmen and their part in that effort as I am,” Breedlove said.