Major general (United States)

In the United States Armed Forces, a major general is a two-star general officer in the United States Army, Marine Corps, Air Force. A major general ranks below a lieutenant general; the pay grade of major general is O-8. It is equivalent to the rank of rear admiral in the other United States uniformed services which use naval ranks, it is abbreviated as MG in the Army, MajGen in the Marine Corps, Maj Gen in the Air Force. Major general is the highest permanent peacetime rank in the uniformed services as higher ranks are technically temporary and linked to specific positions, although all officers promoted to those ranks are approved to retire at their highest earned rank. A major general commands division-sized units of 10,000 to 15,000 soldiers; the United States Code explicitly limits the total number of general officers that may be on active duty at any given time. The total number of active duty general officers is capped at 231 for the Army, 62 for the Marine Corps, 198 for the Air Force.

Some of these slots are finitely set by statute. For example, the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Army is a major general in the Army; the United States Code limits the total number of general officers that may be on the Reserve Active Status List in the Reserve Component, defined in the case of general officers as the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve. To be promoted to the permanent grade of major general, officers who are eligible for promotion to this rank are screened by an in-service promotion board comprising other general officers from their branch of service; this promotion board generates a list of officers it recommends for promotion to general rank. This list is sent to the service secretary and the Joint Chiefs of Staff for review before it can be sent to the President, through the Secretary of Defense for consideration; the President nominates officers to be promoted from this list with the advice of the Secretary of Defense, the service secretary, if applicable, the service's chief of staff or commandant.

The President may nominate any eligible officer, not on the recommended list if it serves in the interest of the nation, but this is uncommon. The Senate must confirm the nominee by a majority vote before the officer can be promoted. Once confirmed, the nominee is promoted to that rank on assuming a position of office that requires an officer to hold the rank. For positions of office that are reserved by statute, the President nominates an officer for appointment to fill that position. For all three of the applicable uniformed services, because the grade of major general is a permanent rank, the nominee may still be screened by an in-service promotion board to add their input on the nominee before the nomination can be sent to the Senate for approval. Since the grade of major general is permanent, the rank does not expire when the officer vacates a two-star position. Tour length varies depending on the position, by statute, and/or when the officer receives a new assignment or a promotion, but the average tour length per two-star billet is two to four years.

In the Army, Major Generals serve as division commanders, training center commanders, joint task force commanders, deputy commanding generals to 3-star generals, chief of staff in 4-star commands, senior directors on Army and joint staffs, and, in the case of the Army National Guard, as The Adjutant General for their state, commonwealth or territory. In certain situations, states can promote their Adjutant General to general officer ranks without Senate confirmation; the officer will wear the general rank, yet only be recognized at their lower federally recognized rank. They're identified with the two letter state identifier of their respective National Guard being listed after their rank; some examples of this are Major General Esther Aguigui. In the Marine Corps, Major Generals serve as commanding generals or deputy commanding generals of Marine Expeditionary Forces, Marine Divisions, Marine Aircraft Wings, Joint Task Force Commanders, or senior directors on Marine Corps and joint staffs.

In the Air Force, Major Generals serve as Numbered Air Force commanders, vice commanders of 3-star commands, joint task force commanders, warfare center, training center, weapons center, or logistics center commanders, or senior directors on Air Force and joint staffs. In the case of the Air National Guard, they may serve as The Adjutant General for their state, commonwealth or territory. Other than voluntary retirement, statute sets a number of mandates for retirement of general officers. All major generals must retire after five years in grade or 35 years of service, whichever is unless appointed for promotion or reappointed to grade to serve longer. Otherwise, all general officers must retire the month after their 64th birthday; the Continental Army was established on June 15, 1775 when the Continental Congress commissioned George Washington as a general and placed him in command of the Army of Observation besieging Boston. The rank of major general was first established two days on June 17, 1775 when two major generals were commissioned by Congress soon followed by two more major generals being appointed on June 19.

Following the disbanding of the Continental Army at the end of 1783 only one major general, Henry Knox, remained i

2012 Sun Belt Conference football season

The 2012 Sun Belt Conference football season was a college football season for the Sun Belt Conference that ran from 30 August to 1 December. Ten teams participated in the competition: Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana–Lafayette, Louisiana–Monroe, Middle Tennessee State, North Texas, South Alabama and Western Kentucky. South Alabama became the conference's tenth team. Due to NCAA transitional rules, South Alabama was not eligible for a conference championship or postseason play; the following Sun Belt players were named to preseason award watch lists: The Sun Belt media day was held on 16 July, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Florida International received five first place votes and were selected by the coaches as the favorites to win the conference. Arkansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette each received two first place votes, while Western Kentucky received one; the head coaches of the competing teams selected their All–Conference Team. The coaches selected Ryan Aplin of Arkansas State as the preseason offensive player of the year, Tourek Williams of Florida International as the preseason defensive player of the year.

NOTE: Stats shown are before the beginning of the season The Sun Belt has teams in two different time zones. Times reflect start time in respective time zone of each team. Conference games start. Rankings reflect that of the USA Today Coaches poll for that week, until week eight when the BCS poll was used. Players of the Week ^ Neutral site Players of the Week Players of the Week ^ULM-Baylor game was most watched Sun Belt game on ESPN in history. Players of the Week Players of the Week Players of the Week Players of the Week Players of the Week Players of the Week Players of the Week Players of the Week Players of the Week Players of the Week Players of the Week The Sun Belt placed four teams in bowl games with five teams bowl eligible in 2012; this was the highest number of SBC bowl teams in the conference's history. Only Middle Tennessee was not selected for a bowl. Two Sun Belt teams made their first bowl games in school history: Western Kentucky and Louisiana-Monroe. NOTE: All times are local

RAF Little Rissington

RAF Little Rissington is an RAF aerodrome and RAF station in Gloucestershire, England. It was once home to the Vintage Pair and the Red Arrows. Built during the 1930s, the station was opened in 1938 and closed in 1994; the married-quarters and main technical site were sold in 1996. RAF Little Rissington has been retained by the Ministry of Defence and is known as RAF Little Rissington Airfield, it remains active along with the southern technical sites, under the operational control of HQ No. 2 Flying Training School RAF at RAF Syerston. It is now home to 621 Volunteer Gliding Squadron RAF and 637 Volunteer Gliding Squadron RAF as the primary military units, providing elementary flying training for Combined Cadet Force and Air Training Corps cadets; the airfield is used by the forces as a relief landing ground, training area and parachute dropping area. In previous years, the Royal Air Force estate has been used as a film set, including The Avengers, part of the ice chase in Die Another Day, the Thunderbirds film.

In March 2015 a new hangar is being built on the airfield. In 2017 investment was made in upgrading facilities for the RAF Air Cadets; the old fire station was upgraded to provide modern teaching facilities and an accommodation block with canteen was built next door. The new hangar is now operational for the maintenance of the gliders; the airfield has had major groundworks on the grassed area creating a grassed runway. During the build-up to the Second World War, the Air Ministry began constructing major airfields across the United Kingdom under what was known as the Expansion Period. RAF Little Rissington was one of these airfields. RAF Little Rissington opened in 1938, comprising the domestic site and a grass airfield. During 1942, three asphalt runways were laid. Extra land was added to accommodate Sites A to E. In the war, the main runway 05/23 was extended northerly, 09/27 and 14/32 were extended easterly and south-easterly respectively. Up to 1945 the station accommodated No. 6 Service Flying Training School RAF and No. 8 Maintenance Unit RAF.

No. 8 Maintenance Unit was designated No. 8 Aircraft Storage Unit, however as the Second World War increased its momentum, so did the number of aircraft being stored. During the mid-1940s dispersal areas began storing aircraft, that had arrived straight from the manufacture. Due to security concerns, the level of security protection stepped up during the war, including the Station's own fighter force of several Spitfires. In the war, various satellite airfields were used to spread out the increased number of aircraft. In 1946 the Royal Air Force Central Flying School moved to Little Rissington; the airfield became the home to the RAF's aerobatics teams which included the Red Pelicans and the Red Arrows. The airfield was expanded during this period, a new fire station and control tower were built; the Little Rissington UFO incident took place in October 1952. After CFS's departure, the airfield was used by the Army, with the arrival of the Royal Irish Rangers, Little Rissington became "Imjin Barracks".

With the arrival of the United States Air Forces in Europe, Little Rissington became the largest military contingency hospital in Europe. The aerodrome was cleared for C-5 Galaxies. During the Gulf War, Little Rissington was held on its highest readiness state for several decades as it prepared for casualties; the USAF left Little Rissington in 1993 and it was handed back to the Royal Air Force. Little Rissington was identified as surplus to requirements in the Government's "Options for Change" package and the entire site was put up for sale; the domestic and main technical sites of the station were sold to a property developer and became a business park. Following a Defence Review, the planned disposal of RAF Little Rissington was stopped, so the immediate future of the aerodrome was secured. Several buildings received some minor upgrades. At the end of 2006, a civilian aircraft maintenance firm called'Devonair' moved in under an agreement with the Ministry of Defence until 2012. In 2008, RAF Little Rissington was designated a Core Site up to 2030, under the Defence Estates Development Plan 2008.

While nothing has yet been confirmed, RAF Little Rissington has been looked at to support various changes: Satellite for RAF Brize Norton in supporting the Future Brize Project with C130 Hercules training and maintenance. Satellite for RAF Benson, to provide a relief landing ground for helicopter training, relief storage pending the future decision on the Lyneham estate. In 2011 the airfield was identified as a site with "localised radium contaminated soil" from the scrapping of surplus equipment after World War II. At the end of 2011, the Upper Rissington Business Park owner Reland commenced the demolition of the main technical site; this demolition forms part of their future plans are to turn the technical site and former married quarters into an eco-town. During 2014 to 2015, the four prominent Type-C Hangars were demolished and major housing construction carried out. In 2014, real estate development commenced on the airfield by the Royal Air Force to facilitate a centralised flying training strategy by No. 2 Flying Training School.

This included a conversion of the fire station into an Operations Centre and the building of a new hangar / maintenance facility on the main dispersal. Planning permission was approved by the Cotswold District Council in July 2015 for the construction of an Aircrew Mess where the former control tower was located. In 2016, the RAF Ceremonial approved a station badge as no formal badge exi