The U.S. Air Force announced Monday that Lt. Gen. John F. Regni, the Academy's 17th Superintendent, will retire from the service later this year.
President Obama has nominated Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael C. Gould to replace Regni as superintendent of the AFA. Gould is currently serving as director, operations and plans, Headquarters U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
No retirement date has been announced, however, General Regni will preside over graduation for the Class of 2009 on May 27.
"This is a bittersweet day for me and my wife, Debby," the general said. "We will miss the amazing people serving our nation's Air Force and Air Force Academy, as well as the terrific people of Colorado Springs. However, we know it is time for others to lead this great institution."
General Regni entered the Air Force in June 1969 as a cadet at the Academy and graduated in the class of 1973. He has led the Academy since October 2005. Prior to his current assignment, he commanded Air University and 2nd Air Force.
The Air Force says Regni's career has encompassed a wide range of personnel, training and command assignments, and he has served at base, numbered air force, major command, Air Staff and joint unified command levels.
"There is no more fitting, honorable way to end my career than at my alma mater, the U.S. Air Force Academy," he said. "I am ending my career at the place it started 40 years ago."