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Air Force Maj. Gen. L. Scott. Rice nominated to become next director, Air National Guard

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that President Obama has nominated Air Force Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as director, Air National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that President Obama has nominated Air Force Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as director, Air National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Tuesday that President Obama has nominated Air Force Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as director, Air National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.

General Rice was commissioned in 1980 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. Following graduate school, he attended pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, receiving the pilot badge in 1982 and later serving in England where he flew the F-111 Aardvark.

General Rice joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing in 1989 to fly the A-10 Thunderbolt II. He then served as Squadron Commander, Operations Group Commander, Wing Commander, and Air National Guard Commander. He mobilized numerous times since 1995, including deployments to Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait and Iraq. He also served as the Commander, Air Force Forces, Exercise Eastern Falcon in the U.S. Central Command Area of Operations where he supervised F-16 units deployed to Kuwait in 2004, to Jordan and Oman in 2005, and to Pakistan in 2006.

Rice is currently serving as the adjutant general, Massachusetts National Guard, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.  He also serves on the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force as well as Secretary of the Adjutants General Association of the United States.