Edwardsville, IL, January 13, 2015 . . . General Paul J. Selva
wife Ricki were honored January 8th at a reception celebrating his
recent appointment as Commander, U.S Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) at Scott Air Force Base
.Dignitaries and business leaders from both sides of the river gathered at the Missouri Athletic Club
in downtown St. Louis to showcase the region's ongoing appreciation, respect and support for Scott Air Force Base and congratulate Gen.
new position and continued service to our community and our nation.
The reception was hosted by the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
, Civic Progress, The Regional Business Council, the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Belle Scott Committee
has achieved over 30 years of military service.
uring this timeframe, he
has held command positions at the squadron, group, wing and headquarter levels, and has also accumulated more than 3,100 flying hours in a variety of aircraft.
General Selva initially performed duty at Scott Air Force Base from June 2002 to August 2006, serving as the Tanker Airlift Control Center's Vice Commander and Commander, as well as TRANSCOM's Director of Operations.
He left America's Heartland for a five-plus year stint at the Pentagon, working on the Air Staff as the Air Force Strategic Planning and Air Force Quadrennial Defense Review Director and then as the Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
n October 2011, General Selva became vice commander of Pacific Air Forces, Joint-Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and 13 months later, returned to Scott to lead Air Mobility Command.
Since May of last year, he has commanded TRANSCOM, which serves as the single manager for global air, land and sea transportation for the Department of Defense.
to the guests gathered in his
, we would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to you for your tireless service to our nation and for the impact you, and your colleagues at Scott Air Force Base
, have on our local communities," noted Leopold.
Reception Honors General Selva
noted, "The reasons for Scott Air Force Base's
#1 ranking are all around us."