Next AFGSC commander nominee is a bomber pilot

The commander of Air Force Global Strike Command is retiring and his replacement has been nominated.

AFGSC is the parent command to Malmstrom Air Force Base and Lt. Gen. Timothy Ray has been nominated for his fourth star and assignment to command AFGSC, which is responsible for the Air Force’s two legs of the nuclear triad: bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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Ray is currently serving as deputy commander of U.S. European Command at Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany.

If confirmed, Ray would replace Gen. Robin Rand who is retiring. Rand was the first 4-star general to lead AFGSC and has been in the job since 2015.

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Ray is a B-52 pilot and served as vice commander of the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot AFB, commander of the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFB and director of operations at AFGSC.

He’s also flown the B-1B, C-21, C-27A and C-208, according to his Air Force bio.

Malmstrom’s commander Col. Ron Allen was confirmed for his first star in December but his next assignment has not yet been released.