U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove is likely choice to become the next commander of U.S. and NATO forces, reported The Associated Press on Thursday.
Currently Breedlove is the commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa. He assumed the position in July. The AP is quoting a “senior NATO official,” following the Obama administration’s first choice candidate, Marine Gen. John Allen, opting to retire than to take the NATO job.
Breedlove is a 1977 graduate of Georgia Tech, a command pilot with 3,500 hours primarily in F-16s and was previously Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Breedlove would take the position from Navy Admiral James Stavridis.