President Barack Obama has nominated Air Force Maj. Gen. Steven Shepro,Â vice director ofÂ strategic plans and policy (J-5) forÂ the Joint Staff, as deputy chairman of NATO’s military committee.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announcedÂ in a noticeÂ published FridayÂ that Shepro has also been designated for a promotion toÂ the rank of lieutenant general.
If confirmed, he will lead the committee thatÂ providesÂ military advice to the North Atlantic Council and the Nuclear Planning Group as well asÂ guidanceÂ for the Allied Command Operations and Allied Command Transformation.
Shepro currently overseesÂ the development and execution ofÂ the Defense Department‘s national military strategy.
He previously served as director of air operations and deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements at theÂ Air Force as well asÂ heldÂ positions at theÂ Coalition Command, Air Staff and Combatant Command.
HeÂ also commanded severalÂ military units atÂ the operational squadron, group and wing levels andÂ led frontline battlefield airmen during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The 32-yearÂ Air Force veteran has completedÂ more than 3,000 flying hours withÂ F-16, A-10, H-1 and C-27 aircraft.