McNabb prepares for USTRANSCOM post
Air Force Gen. Duncan McNabb is expected to soon take command of the U.S. Transportation Command.
The Senate confirmed his appointment on Aug. 1. He replaces Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, who became the Air Force chief of staff. To finalize the appointments, President Bush must officially offer the positions to McNabb and Schwartz.
McNabb previously served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Requirements Oversight Council. He assisted the Chief of Staff with organizing, training and equipping more than 710,000 active duty, Guard and Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. Prior to this appointment, he was head of the Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
In a statement, McNabb said he looks forward to working with the different military branches and commercial shipping industry.
'I know U.S. Transportation Command's success depends on the strength of the total force and of our industry partners,' he said. 'I will work to continue to strengthen and leverage these partnerships across the entire joint deployment and distribution enterprise.'
The St. Louis Business Journal reported that Vice Adm. Anne Rondeau, USTRANSCOM's deputy commander and the Navy's highest ranking woman, will serve as interim commander until McNabb takes over the post.