Gen. Stephen Lorenz, commander of Air Education and Training Command, is retiring.
Before pinning on his fourth star and taking the reins at AETC in Texas, Lorenz was commander of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base.
The 1973 Air Force Academy graduate has served for 37 years and spent most of his career as a tanker pilot.
Lorenz lead Air University through a massive reorganization with Lt. Gen. Allen Peck as his vice commander. Peck now commands Air University.
Lorenz will be succeeded by Lt. Gen. Edward Rice Jr., who has been nominated for a fourth star and currently commands U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force at Yaktoa Air Base in Japan.
Rice graduated from the Air Force Academy five years after Lorenz and spent most of his flying career as a bomber pilot.