Westover commander nominated to be brigadier general

Col. Jay Jensen became commander in March

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) –  The wing commander of the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover Air Reserve base has been nominated to become a brigadier general.

Colonel Jay Jensen has been nominated to the rank by President Barack Obama. The U.S. Senate must now confirm the nomination before Jensen is promoted.

Jensen took command of the 439th Airlift Wing in March. Before that, he served at the Pentagon as the Chief of Staff, Senior Policy Advisor for the Air Force Reserve to the Reserve Forces Policy Board.

Jensen brings nearly 30 years of service and experience to Westover, the nation’s largest standalone Air Force Reserve Base. He’s flown several aircraft in addition to Westover’s C-5 Galaxy aircraft such as the C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 Hercules.

Brigadier general is the first rank of general officers with a pay grade of O-7 in the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps. It is the equivalent to a rear admiral lower half in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.