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Lt. Gen. Darren McDew is slated to take over the Air Mobility Command from Gen. Paul Selva, President Obama’s nominee to lead the U.S. Transportation Command, military sources say.
McDew is currently commander of the 18th Air Force, Air Mobility Command's sole war fighting numbered force, where he oversees 39,000 active-duty Airmen, Reservists and civilians and approximately 1,300 aircraft. He assumed this role in August 2012.
18th Air Force is responsible for providing rapid, mobility and sustainment for armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aero medical evacuation.
Gen. McDew was commissioned in 1982 following graduation from Virginia Military Institute. He began his career at Loring Air Force Base, Maine. His staff assignments include serving as a member of the Air Force Chief of Staff Operations Group, serving as an Air Force aide to President Bill Clinton from 1994-1996 and as a Senate liaison for the service.
The general is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours in a variety of aircraft.
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