Maj. Gen. Richard Clark, 8th Air Force commander, Col. Kristin Goodwin, 2BW outgoing commander and Col. Ty Neuman, 2nd Bomb Wing incoming commander, stand at attention at a change of command ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 20, 2016. Photo by Senior Airman Mozer Da Cunha

Maj. Gen. Richard Clark, 8th Air Force commander, Col. Kristin Goodwin, 2BW outgoing commander and Col. Ty Neuman, 2nd Bomb Wing incoming commander, stand at attention at a change of command ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 20, 2016. Photo by Senior Airman Mozer Da Cunha

The Air Force Academy superintendent said in e-mail that Acting Secretary of the Air Force Lisa Disbrow has named Brig. Gen. (s) Kristin Goodwin as the next Academy Commandant.

Goodwin, who is currently serving as the Senior Military Advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force in Washington D.C., will be moving to Colorado Springs with her wife and two children, reports the Colorado Springs Independent.

Col. Goodwin was just recently nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general on March 14, 2017.

The e-mail announcement appears to be the only source of Goodwin’s new assignment. The Independent reports it received the e-mail from Mikey Weinstein who is the founder and CEO of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which represents 16 LGBT cadets at the Academy.

In e-mail to the Independent, Weinstein writes, “MRFF has a burning question for USAFA and the USAF leadership; why are they not publicly acknowledging this groundbreaking selection of a gay, female new Commandant? This question HAS to be asked. There’s just total silence out thereabout this? Why? (I wonder what USAFA’s Michael Rosebush, the gay ‘reparative therapy enthusiast,’ is thinking about this new selection as well?) Should not USAFA and Senior Air Force leadership be touting this action as an historic milestone of Jovian magnitude as well?”

Although Weinstein questions why the Academy and the Air Force aren’t touting Goodwin’s assignment as groundbreaking, he is happy about Disbrow’s choice for commandant.

Col. Kristin Goodwin, 2nd Bomb Wing commander, addresses Airmen returning home after a six month deployment on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 5, 2014. Goodwin welcomed the team back to Barksdale and congratulated them on a successful deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Col. Kristin Goodwin, 2nd Bomb Wing commander, addresses Airmen returning home after a six month deployment on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 5, 2014. Goodwin welcomed the team back to Barksdale and congratulated them on a successful deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Mozer O. Da Cunha)

“MRFF is thrilled at this marvelous selection and on behalf of our 414 USAFA faculty, cadet and staff clients, we offer our most profound congratulations to those who selected Goodwin and to Goodwin herself, of course. Just four years ago this month, MRFF engaged in the very first gay rights public protest, near the Academy’s South Gate entrance, in support of over 20 LGB faculty, cadets and staff at USAFA who were MRFF clients. And now, some four years later, the Air Force has chosen a gay female officer to be its next USAFA Commandant!

“Goodwin had NO ‘choice’ in embracing her sexual orientation because THAT is NOT a matter of choice. In direct contrast, the Air Force choosing her [as] the Academy’s next Commandant WAS such a ‘choice’ and the right one indeed! MRFF could not be more pleased!”

Academy Superintendent, Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson said Goodwin’s experience makes her the right person for the position writing, “Brig Gen (S) Goodwin will bring a wealth of experience from her time as the Vice-Commander of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, Wing Commander of the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, and most recently, the Senior Military Advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington DC. A highly accomplished aviator, Brig Gen (S) Goodwin has flown the B-2, EC-130, C-130,T-38, T-1 & T-37.”

The e-mail announcement published by the Independent does not say when Goodwin will take over as commandant.

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