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Col. James McClain
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President nominates 59th MDW vice commander for first star

Posted 1/24/2013   Updated 1/24/2013 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook
59th Medical Wing Public Affairs

1/24/2013 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- The president has nominated the 59th Medical Wing vice commander for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

Col James E. McClain, a 30-year Air Force veteran who initially came up the ranks as an enlisted Airman, is currently charged with managing deployed and in-garrison health care, as well as the graduate medical education and clinical research needed to enhance Air Force readiness. The 59th MDW is the Air Force's largest medical wing, composed of seven groups with a staff of nearly 6,010 military, civilian, contract employees, residents and students.

"Colonel McClain will be an exceptional general officer and Chief of the Air Force Biomedical Science Corps," said Maj. Gen. Byron C. Hepburn, 59th Medical Wing commander. "Jim's dedication to our country, and his commitment to providing excellence in health care for our combat warriors and beneficiaries across the globe is unparalleled."

McClain's nomination to general officer will now go to the U.S. Senate for confirmation.

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