Air Force general named Cyber Command deputy chief

Hagel announces the nomination of Maj. Gen. James K. “Kevin” McLaughlin, currently in charge of Air Forces Cyber.

AF Gen. James 'Kevin' McLaughlin

Air Force Maj. Gen. James K. “Kevin” McLaughlin, commander of Air Forces Cyber, has been nominated for promotion to lieutenant general and assignment as deputy commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today.

Currently stationed with the 24th Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio in Lackland, Texas, he would move to the U.S., Cyber Command headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.  As commander of the Air Force’s component cyber command, he directs two cyberspace wings—the 624th Operations Center, and the Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber—at Lackland, as well as the 5th Combat Communications Group at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., according to his Air Force bio.

He assumed command there in June 2013, after serving as director of the Air Force’s space operations.

At the U.S. Cyber Command, he’ll replace Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Jon M. Davis, who stepped down last month after a two-year stint.