Brig. Gen. Christopher Burne has been nominated to catapult over his second star and get his third star as the next judge advocate general of the Air Force. (Air Force)
An Air Force one-star general just got nominated for his third star.
Yes, you’re reading that right: Air Force Brig. Gen. Christopher Burne has been nominated to catapult over his second star and get his third star as the next judge advocate general of the Air Force.
If confirmed by the Senate, Burne would start his new job in February, replacing Lt. Gen. Richard Harding, whose retirement is expected but the date has not been announced, according to the Air Force.
“Though uncommon, it’s not unheard of for senior leaders to be selected in this manner,” Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Allen Herritage said. “Our sister services have done this on occasion as well.”
In early 2008, then Marine Brig. Gen. Joseph Dunford was tapped for his third star. Dunford, who commanded the 5th Marine Regiment during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, is currently in charge of all U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
Also in 2008, Rear Adm. (lower half) Robert Harward was nominated for vice admiral and assignment as deputy commander of the now defunct U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. Harward later became deputy commander at U.S. Central Command. He retired Nov. 1, according to the Huffington Post.