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AETC colonel promoted to general

By Staff Sgt. Tim Bazar | Editor | Feb. 3, 2009

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The Air Education and Training Command Intelligence and Air, Space and Information Operations for Flying Training deputy director was promoted to brigadier general Jan. 30 in a ceremony at the Kendrick Club.

Brig. Gen. Carlton Everhart II, who received his first star amongst friends, family and fellow Airmen, thanked those who helped him rise up from rural Virginia to accomplish a goal few have reached.

"I couldn't have done this on my own," the general said. "I have many people to thank ... not just commanders, but the enlisted corps as well. I wouldn't be where I am today if senior enlisted leaders hadn't taken me under their wing and showed me the ropes."

A husband and father of four girls - Brooke, Summer, Monica and Helana - General Everhart said when he found out he'd earned the rank of brigadier general he was humbled, grateful and overcome with humility.

"You have to have a degree of humility sometimes," he said. "It keeps things on an even playing field."

His family was also thrilled to hear the news.

"Michelle was ecstatic," General Everhart said, "and my mom and dad were beside themselves. They were really excited to get to watch my promotion ceremony. It was the first one they'd seen."

But the new general's excitement and anxiousness aren't over yet. In three weeks he will travel to Afghanistan to assume his role as deputy commander of Political-Military Affairs, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan for U.S. Central Command in Kabul.

"We're going to see a military buildup of 20,000-30,000 troops (in Afghanistan), because Kabul is quickly becoming an epicenter of our policies," he said. "The decisions we make there will contribute to the future of that country."

Prior to being stationed at Randolph Air Force Base, General Everhart was wing commander at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. Once here, he was assigned as AETC inspector general before assuming his current position. He is a command pilot with more than 4,400 flight hours in nearly a dozen airframes.