June 30, 2020: MGen. Kirk S. Pierce has been nominated for appointment to the rank of Lieutenant General, with an assignment as Commander, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, and Commander, First Air Force (Air Force Northern), Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. MGen. Pierce is currently serving as Deputy Director, Air National Guard, Pentagon, Washington, DC. General Pierce was commissioned in May 1988 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Notre Dame. He has commanded at the Squadron, Group, and Wing level. He has served and commanded in various operational assignments in support of Operations Southern Watch, Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, and Enduring Freedom.