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Darren McDew

General Darren W. McDew, USAF

Commander, United States Transportation Command

General Darren W. McDew is the commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. USTRANSCOM is the single manager for global air, land, and sea transportation for the Department of Defense.

General McDew was commissioned in 1982, following his graduation from Virginia Military Institute. He began his flying career at Loring AFB, Maine. His staff assignments include serving as a member of the Air Force Chief of Staff Operations Group, Air Force aide to the President, chief of the Air Force Senate Liaison Division and the director of Air Force Public Affairs. General McDew served as vice director for strategic plans and policy for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served as the commander of 18th Air Force, Scott AFB, and commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels as well as at an Air Force direct reporting unit. He deployed in support of ongoing operations in Central and Southwest Asia as an air expeditionary group commander and later as the director of mobility forces. Prior to his current assignment, General McDew was the commander of Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB.

General McDew’s principal command tours include: Commander, 14th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, South Carolina (June 1997 – June 1999); Commander, 62nd Operations Group, McChord AFB, Washington (July 2000 - January 2002); Commander, 60th Air Expeditionary Group, Southwest Asia (September 2001 – December 2001); Commander, 375th Airlift Wing, and Installation Commander, Scott AFB, Illinois (January 2002 – July 2003); Commander, 43rd Airlift Wing, and Installation Commander, Pope AFB, North Carolina (January 2005 – July 2006); Vice Commander, 18th Air Force, Scott AFB, Illinois (July 2006 – November 2007); Commander, Air Force District of Washington, Andrews AFB, Maryland (December 2010 – August 2012); Commander, 18th Air Force, Scott AFB, Illinois (August 2012 – April 2014); Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Illinois (May 2014 – August 2015); and Commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Illinois (August 2015 – Present).

General McDew is also a command pilot with more than 3,300 flying hours in 10 different aircraft.

General McDew’s military decorations include: Distinguished Service Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster; Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters; Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters; Army Commendation Medal; Air Force Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with nine oak leaf clusters; Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with three oak leaf clusters; Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters; National Defense Service Medal with bronze star; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Kosovo Campaign Medal with bronze star; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and Armed Forces Service Medal.

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