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Change of command at the Air Force Academy

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Maj. Gen. Jay B. Silveria succeeded Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson in a ceremony Friday. Maj. Gen. Jay B. Silveria succeeded Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson in a ceremony Friday.

A new superintendent is taking command at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Maj. Gen. Jay B. Silveria succeeded Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson in a ceremony Friday.

Johnson is retiring after four years. Silveria is a 1985 graduate of the Academy, he said the biggest challenge of his new position is developing the men and women who will one day lead the country.

"The challenge is preparing them for what we don't know. It's preparing them to think and innovate and prepare so they can lead into a future that's really unknown," Silveria said.

His previous assignment was deputy commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command. He was also deputy commander of the Combined Air Force Air Component, Central Command, Southwest Asia.

Silveria has nearly 4,000 hours of flight time including combat missions over the Balkans and Iraq. He served as vice commander at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

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