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Joint Base Andrews News

NEWS | June 15, 2012

AFDW/CC nominated for new rank, position

By Courtesy of Air Force District of Washington Public Affairs

Maj. Gen. Darren McDew has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as commander, Eighteenth Air Force, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. McDew began his assignment as Air Force District of Washington commander, Joint Base Andrews, Md., in December 2010.

The general has served previously at 18th Air Force as the vice commander from July 2006 to November 2007.

The command pilot's other assignments include serving as a member of the Air Force Chief of Staff Operations Group, Air Force aide to the President, Chief of the U.S. Air Force Senate Liaison Division, Washington, D.C.; Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.; and as the Vice President for Sun Microsystems through a Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellowship program. He has deployed in support of ongoing operations in Central and Southwest Asia as an air expeditionary group commander and later as the Director of Mobility Forces. Prior to his current assignment, the general was the Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

His current assignment has him at the helm of Air Force District of Washington, a direct reporting unit that provides the single Air Force voice and component to the Joint Forces Headquarters-National Capital Region, as well as organizes, trains, and equips combat forces for the aerospace expeditionary forces, homeland operations, civil support, national special security events and ceremonial events. In addition, AFDW serves as Uniform Code of Military Justice authority for more than 40,000 personnel and provides major command-level support for more than 24,000 personnel assigned worldwide.