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1975 Moeller grad to be appointed Lieutenant Commander in United States Air Force

Maj. Gen. James M. Kowalski Maj. Gen. James M. Kowalski

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX 19) -- Moeller alumni, Major General James M. Kowalski, will be appointed to Lieutenant General earning him three stars as a general in the United States Air Force.

Major General Kowalski will also take over as Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. The oldest of ten children from Silverton, Ohio, Kowalski's younger brother Joe says this promotion "is a big deal." "Global strike is a new command that he actually created and he is pretty much in charge of all the ICBM's, Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles, for the United States all over the world," says Joe Kowalski.

Joe says the Kowalski family has deep roots in Cincinnati and credits the culture of the city and community in Silverton for his brother's success. "I'm really proud of him, we all are proud of Jim. He's done a great job and it's just nice to see his career flourish."

Maj. Gen. Kowalski graduated from Moeller High School in 1975. One of his teachers Paul Smith remembers Kowalski as one of his first students in his social studies class but he never thought of one of his students would rise to such high ranks.

"A three star general that's, I think, a testament to Jim and his family that adds to the values they've had over the years," says Smith.

Maj. Gen. Kowalski will be promoted Thursday morning at 8:30. Shortly after being promoted, he will officially take over as Commander of Global Strike.

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