September 2015


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Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew is the new commander of the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), following his Senate confirmation in late July.


A career mobility pilot, McDew will replace Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, who has been tapped (and confirmed by the Senate) to become vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Selva, who now is the nation’s second-highest-ranking military officer, led TRANSCOM for just over a year. He was a glowing supporter of U.S.-flag shipping and a close friend of the SIU during his time at the agency.


McDew comes to USTRANSCOM from Air Mobility Command where he has been commander since May 2014. Prior to his post at Air Mobility Command, the general was commander of 18th Air Force and commander of the Air Force District of Washington. He is a command pilot with more than 3,300 hours in aircraft such as the

C-17, C-141, C-130 and KC-135. Gen. McDew has been in the Air Force since graduating from the Virginia Military Institute in 1982. In 1996, he served as the Air Force aide to President Clinton.


USTRANSCOM oversees air, land and sea transportation for all of the Defense Department. It is responsible for the global, joint movement of combat units, sustainment cargo, and service member household goods and privately owned vehicles. Only U.S. Air Force generals have served as USTRANSCOM commanders since its inception in 1987.


Gen. Selva was touring the SIU-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education, located in Piney Point, Maryland, on May 4 when he was called back to the nation’s capital for what turned out to be his nomination to the Joint Chiefs of Staff the next day.

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