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      3-star general takes over US Air Force in Mideast

      Lt. Gen. John Hesterman is to take command at Shaw Air Force Base Thursday.

      SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AP) -- A three-star general with more than 2,200 flying hours is scheduled to take command of U.S. Air Force units involved in operations from the Mideast to Afghanistan.

      Lt. Gen. John Hesterman is to take command Thursday from Lt. Gen. Dave Goldfein during a ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base in central South Carolina.

      Goldfein is moving to Washington, D.C., where he becomes director of the Joint Staff, which works for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon.

      Hesterman has been an instructor in F-16C, F-117A, F-15E and T-38C aircraft. He flew during the opening hours of Operation Desert Storm driving Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991. He also served as the deputy commander of the combined air forces in the 20 nations of the U.S. Central Command.