Lieutenant General James C. Vechery is U.S. Africa Command’s Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations. He is responsible to the Commander for assisting the Command as they promote the national security interests of the United States by working with partners to disrupt and neutralize transnational threats, protect U.S. personnel and facilities, prevent and mitigate conflict, and build African partner defense capability and capacity in order to promote regional security, stability, and prosperity.
Lieutenant General Vechery has held command positions at the squadron level and twice at the wing level. He has extensive operational flying experience, including several deployments supporting Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Southern Watch and Northern Watch. His staff assignments include serving as the Major Command Regional Director of Operations, Tanker Airlift Control Center; Chief of Airlift Manning, Headquarters Air Mobility Command; Programmer for C-5 Mobility Forces, Headquarters U.S. Air Force; Chief, Global Force Management Operations, Chief Air Force Legislative Affairs, United States Transportation Command; Deputy Director of Operations, and Deputy Director of Strategic Plans, Requirements, and Programs at Headquarters Air Mobility Command; Director for Logistics, U.S. Africa Command; and Director, Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
Lieutenant General Vechery was commissioned in 1988 as a distinguished graduate from Air Force ROTC following his graduation from the University of Maryland. He obtained a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Development, Webster University, and is a graduate from the Air War College, the Joint Combined Warfighting School, and various other executive education courses.Download full-resolution image of Lieutenant General James C. Vechery