A KC-46 Pegasus refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II during flight tests this summer. The Pentagon has Ok’d production of the long-awaited Boeing-built refueling tanker. CONTRIBUTED

Trump nominates Wright-Patt leader for new appointment

President Donald Trump has nominated a leader at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced more than 40 nominations for appointment today.

Air Force Col. John P. Newberry has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. 

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Newberry became the system program manager of the Wright-Patterson-based KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling tanker program in 2016. The Air Force awarded Boeing a $2.9 billion contract in September for the production of another lot of KC-46 tankers.

The promotion to brigadier general is a lengthy process. A brigadier general is a one-star general officer rank of the Air Force. It is above a colonel and below major general.

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