Wright takes command of LeMay Center, deputy command of Air University

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  • By Phil Berube
  • Air University Public Affairs

Major Gen. Parker H. Wright took command of the Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education and the position of deputy commander of Air University during a change of command ceremony held July 21, 2023.

Wright’s previous position was as director of Intelligence and Information for North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Space Force Base, Colo.

The LeMay Center focuses on advancing warfighting through doctrine development and education and simulation. Air University serves as the intellectual and leadership-development center of the Air Force.

Wright commissioned in 1996 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy. A career intelligence officer, the general has deployed in support of air operations over Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans.

“You’re taking the reins at an exciting time. You come to us from the joint and coalition headquarters of NORTHCOM and NORAD, where every day is a ‘Ph.D.’ lesson in defending the homeland, integrating deterrence and working with our allies by design,” said Lt. Gen. Andrea Tullos, Air University commander and president and who officiated the ceremony. “You’re going from being one of our biggest customers to leading the team our combatant commanders are counting on to help shape their most difficult decisions, develop courses of action and build the information advantage to win the competition and avoid a future conflict. … Parker is exactly the right officer to keep the LeMay Center rolling.”

Among his more-recent assignments, the general served as director, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and commander, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

“It’s good to be home at Maxwell and Air University,” said Wright. “To the LeMay Center, what an incredible team. I think this is an important moment, not because it’s a change in command, but because of the strategic environment that we face. That’s why we’ll continue to develop doctrine that propels the Air Force and the joint force forward. We’ll continue to expand the scope and scale and reach of wargaming. It’s why we’ll continue to harness those lessons learned so that we can prepare for the future fight while we continue to train our senior leaders so that they can go out there and win that fight when it happens.”