General (select) Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Hertz Fellow, Confirmed as the Third Female Four-Star General in Air Force History

March 27, 2015

The Hertz Foundation is honored to announce the news that General (select) Ellen M. Pawlikowski has been officially confirmed by the Senate as the third female four-star general in Air Force history. She will be officially pinned at a ceremony in June. Pawlikowski completed her PhD education with the support of a Hertz Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley in 1982. She was a featured speaker at the 2013 Hertz Symposium held at the University of Maryland. The articles below include more detail about this exciting news.


Hertz Fellow Ellen Pawlikowski
General (select) Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Hertz Fellow
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Senate Confirms AFMC Senior Leader Nominations

From Air Force Print News Today

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Air Force officials announced March 27, 2015, the Senate confirmation of five Air Force Materiel Command senior leaders' nominations. 

Officials announced the Senate confirmation of Lt. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., to the rank of general with the assignment to the position of AFMC commander here. 

Also announced were the confirmations of Maj. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., commander of the Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, to the rank of lieutenant general with assignment as Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.; Maj. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Vice Director for Logistics (J-4), Joint Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., to the rank of lieutenant general with assignment as commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma; Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer, commander of the 412th Test Wing at Edwards AFB to the rank of major general; and Brig. Gen. David A. Harris, commander of the 96th Test Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida, to the rank of major general.

To read the article, visit: http://www.afmc.af.mil/news/story_print.asp?id=123443464


Previously: Nominees Announced for New AFMC Commander, Surgeon General

From Air Force Times

February 18, 2015

Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski has been nominated to replace Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger as the head of Air Force Materiel Command. Wolfenbarger, the Air Force's first female four-star general, is retiring this summer.

"Ellen is a no-nonsense, straightforward, big-thinking officer and I think she's going to be an exceptional leader to follow Janet and keep this momentum going," Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told Defense News in a Feb. 13 interview. "AFMC will be very well served by its new commander."

If confirmed, Pawlikowski would receive her fourth star.

She is currently the military deputy to William LaPlante, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition. Earlier, from June 2011 until June 2014, she was commander, Space and Missile Systems Center and Program Executive Officer for Space, where she oversaw the Air Force's space acquisitions.

She has drawn positive reviews from industry insiders for her time in Washington, with executives who have dealt with her calling her a positive influence as the service tries to change longstanding acquisition challenges.

If confirmed, Pawlikowski would be the third female four-star general in Air Force history, and, depending on when she is confirmed, the second in less than a year. In October, Gen. Lori Robinson pinned on her fourth star and took over as commander of Pacific Air Forces. Observers of the service believe she is well positioned to become the first female chief of staff.

To read the article, visit: http://www.airforcetimes.com/story/military/2015/02/18/general-officer-nominations/23620183/