Nebraska Air National Guard Col. James "Bob" Stevenson Jr., has been promoted to the rank of brigadier general and will serve as assistant adjutant general for air of the Nebraska Air National Guard.

Stevenson will succeed Brig. Gen. Keith Schell, who is due to retire from the Nebraska Air National Guard in February. Schell had held the command since 2016.

As assistant adjutant general for air, Stevenson will be responsible for the organization, training and equipage of the Nebraska Air National Guard, which includes the 155th Air Refueling Wing in Lincoln and the 170th Group at Offutt Air Force Base.

Stevenson joined the Guard in 1997 following eight years in the U.S. Air Force. He has flown more than 4,000 hours and is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.