86th AW gets a general

Capt. Jennifer Lovett
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***The Airmen of the 86th Airlift Wing welcomed a new general with a familiar face in a promotion ceremony at the Ramstein Officer’s Club Dec. 9.

Lt. Gen. Rod Bishop, U.S. Air Forces in Europe vice commander, and Mrs. Katy Kane, pinned stars on the 86th AW commander of two years, Rob Kane, in front of 200 colleagues, friends and family.

“This step is verification of the dedication of a true Air Force professional,” said General Bishop, who officiated the ceremony. “It is my honor to lead the ceremony of a man so deserving of this rank.”

General Bishop re-administered the oath of office for General Kane as affirmation of his dedication to the Air Force, its mission and its people. General Kane attributed his success to his family and the Airmen of the 86th AW, who emulate the wing motto, “We got it!”

General Kane entered the Air Force after graduating with a chemistry degree from Grove City College, Penn., in 1979. He completed pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., and he served as commander of the 1st Airlift Squadron at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., from 1997 to 1999, and the operations group commander at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., 2002 to 2003. Prior to assuming command of the 86th AW, he was the wing’s vice commander. In his role as 86th AW commander, he also serves as the KMC commander for the 53,000 Americans living in the Kaiserslautern area.