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Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-18-2006 02:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Florida Today:
Patrick Air Force Base's 45th Space Wing will get its first woman commander.

Col. Susan Helms, a former astronaut and veteran of five space flights who served as vice commander of the 45th Space Wing until February 2005, is expected to return as commander by mid-summer. No date has been announced.

"Clearly the Space Coast is a special place, and I just can't seem to stay away," Helms said in an e-mail to FLORIDA TODAY on Friday. "Having the chance to command the 45th Space Wing will be a true honor and I look forward to the opportunity to work -- once again! -- with the great people at Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and NASA."

She replaces Brig. Gen. Mark Owen, who has been commander of the 45th Space Wing since August 2004. He has been reassigned to the Pentagon, the Department of Defense announced Friday.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-20-2008 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to her U.S. Air Force biography, Brig. Gen. Susan Helms has been selected for reassignment as the Director of Plans and Policy at the headquarters of U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-19-2010 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maj. Gen. Susan J. Helms has been confirmed for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general with assignment as commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic-Space), Air Force Space Command, and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Helms replaces at Vandenberg Air Force Base Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, who will become deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance at Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

A change of command ceremony has not yet been scheduled.

ejectr
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posted 10-19-2010 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow! From a full bird Colonel to a 3 Star in four years! That's moving up the ladder in a hurry, folks.

ilbasso
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posted 10-19-2010 04:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As a fellow performing musician, I can only surmise that it was her playing in Max Q that qualified her for the rapid move up the leadership ladder.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 04-25-2013 09:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Associated Press/Yahoo! News:
Sen. Claire McCaskill is holding up the nomination of Air Force Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, tapped to serve as vice commander of the U.S. Space Command, until the Missouri Democrat gets more information about Helms' decision to overturn a jury conviction in a sexual assault case.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 11-08-2013 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The DoD Buzz has an update:
Air Force officials would not confirm that President Obama had withdrawn the nomination of Lt. Gen. Susan Helms to be vice commander of the Air Force’ Space Command, but the officials said that "she has put in for retirement."

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 12-30-2013 06:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Helms' retirement will be effective April 1, reports the Lompoc Record.
Sometime this month, Helms’ official Air Force biography was updated to include a retirement date effective April 1, 2014.

The change of command ceremony likely will occur before then.

englau
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posted 01-31-2014 09:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for englau   Click Here to Email englau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KSBY News reports on the Change of Command at Vandenberg Air Force Base:
Our nation and our international partners rely on space capabilities in every single element of our culture and society. To be a human being today is to live a life where space is a part of daily existence," said Lt. Gen. Susan J. Helms, Former Commander, JFCC and 14th Air Force, Vandenberg Air Force Base.

General Helms relinquishes command through the passing of the flags, symbolizing the continuity of command and transfer of authority to General John W. Raymond.

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