Dobbins wing commander pins on first star

Brig. Gen. Steven Parker speaks to members of the audience during his promotion ceremony held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base Jan. 6, 2017. Parker will be the first one-star general to serve as wing commander at Dobbins since 2006.

Brig. Gen. Steven Parker speaks to members of the audience during his promotion ceremony held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base Jan. 6, 2017. Parker will be the first one-star general to serve as wing commander at Dobbins since 2006.

A Dobbins Honor Guard Airman unfurls the one-star general officer flag for Brig. Gen. Steven Parker during the pinning-on ceremony. The commander of the 94th Airlift Wing and Dobbins Air Reserve Base was promoted to the rank of Brig. Gen. at a ceremony on base Jan. 6, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

A Dobbins Honor Guard Airman unfurls the one-star general officer flag for Brig. Gen. Steven Parker during the pinning-on ceremony. The commander of the 94th Airlift Wing and Dobbins Air Reserve Base was promoted to the rank of Brig. Gen. at a ceremony on base Jan. 6, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

The commander of the 94th Airlift Wing and Dobbins Air Reserve Base was promoted to the rank of brigadier general at a ceremony on base Jan. 6, 2017. Parker will be the first one-star general to serve as the 94th AW commander since 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

The commander of the 94th Airlift Wing and Dobbins Air Reserve Base was promoted to the rank of brigadier general at a ceremony on base Jan. 6, 2017. Parker will be the first one-star general to serve as the 94th AW commander since 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

A 94th Airlift Wing Honor Guard Airman holds the American Flag during the beginning of the pinning on ceremony. The commander of the 94th AW and Dobbins Air Reserve Base was promoted to the rank of brigadier general at a ceremony on base Jan. 6, 2017.  (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

A 94th Airlift Wing Honor Guard Airman holds the American Flag during the beginning of the pinning on ceremony. The commander of the 94th AW and Dobbins Air Reserve Base was promoted to the rank of brigadier general at a ceremony on base Jan. 6, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Brig. Gen. Steven Parker, commander of the 94th Airlift Wing and Dobbins Air Reserve Base, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general at a ceremony on base Jan. 6, 2017. Parker is the first one-star general to serve as the 94th AW commander since 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Brig. Gen. Steven Parker, commander of the 94th Airlift Wing and Dobbins Air Reserve Base, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general at a ceremony on base Jan. 6, 2017. Parker is the first one-star general to serve as the 94th AW commander since 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Maj. Gen. John Stokes, 22nd Air Force commander, administers the oath of office promoting Brig. Gen. Steven Parker, 94th Airlift Wing commander, to his new rank, Jan. 6, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Maj. Gen. John Stokes, 22nd Air Force commander, administers the oath of office promoting Brig. Gen. Steven Parker, 94th Airlift Wing commander, to his new rank, Jan. 6, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Brig. Gen. Steven Parker, 94th Airlift Wing and Dobbins Air Reserve Base commander, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general at a ceremony on base, Jan. 6, 2017. Parker will be the first one-star general to serve as the 94th AW commander since 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Brig. Gen. Steven Parker, 94th Airlift Wing and Dobbins Air Reserve Base commander, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general at a ceremony on base, Jan. 6, 2017. Parker will be the first one-star general to serve as the 94th AW commander since 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Brig. Gen. Steven Parker,commander of the 94th Airlift Wing and Dobbins Air Reserve Base, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general at a ceremony on base Jan. 6, 2017. Parker will be the first one-star general to serve as the 94th AW commander since 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Brig. Gen. Steven Parker,commander of the 94th Airlift Wing and Dobbins Air Reserve Base, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general at a ceremony on base Jan. 6, 2017. Parker will be the first one-star general to serve as the 94th AW commander since 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Family members finish pinning the a one-star insignia onto Brig. Gen. Steven Parker's uniform during a promotion ceremony held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base on Jan. 6, 2017. Parker will be the first one-star general to serve as the 94th Airlift Wing commander since 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Family members finish pinning the a one-star insignia onto Brig. Gen. Steven Parker's uniform during a promotion ceremony held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base on Jan. 6, 2017. Parker will be the first one-star general to serve as the 94th Airlift Wing commander since 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Family members finish pinning the one-star rank insignia onto Brig. Gen. Steven Parker's uniform during a promotion ceremony held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base on Jan. 6, 2017. Parker will be the first one-star general to serve as the 94th Airlift Wing commander since 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)
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Family members finish pinning the one-star rank insignia onto Brig. Gen. Steven Parker's uniform during a promotion ceremony held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base on Jan. 6, 2017. Parker will be the first one-star general to serve as the 94th Airlift Wing commander since 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Brig. Gen. Steven Parker, commander of the 94th Airlift Wing and Dobbins Air Reserve Base, takes the oath of office, administered by Maj. Gen. John Stokes, 22nd Air Force commander, in a ceremony at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia, on  Jan. 6, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)
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Brig. Gen. Steven Parker, commander of the 94th Airlift Wing and Dobbins Air Reserve Base, takes the oath of office, administered by Maj. Gen. John Stokes, 22nd Air Force commander, in a ceremony at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia, on Jan. 6, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Georgia -- 94th Airlift Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Steven B. Parker promoted to his new rank at a ceremony here Jan. 6, 2017, making him the first one-star wing commander at Dobbins in over a decade.


Parker’s presidential nomination to general officer was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Dec. 7, 2016. The last general officer to hold the position was Brig. Gen. Mark Stogsdill who retired from the post in 2006.


Twenty-Second Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. John P. Stokes presided over the ceremony and remarked that the percentage of individuals promoted to general officer is low.


"General officer is a big deal and opens a whole new world," Stokes said. "I look forward to navigating through that with [Brig. Gen.] Steve [Parker]."


Parker began his career flying the F-15 Eagle and has flown more than 3,600 hours in fighter and trainer aircraft throughout his career. He is a 1986 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.


"He clearly separated himself from the rest of the candidates at an early time," Stokes said.


"He graduated at the top of his [F-15] class."


Parker explained he couldn't have reached this career milestone alone. He acknowledged several mentors and leaders from throughout his career who recognized potential in him, including the unknown individual who selected him for a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy after being originally slated as an alternate.


The new general also recognized his wife, Karen, for playing an essential role in his achievement.

"I wouldn't be where I am today without her support and enthusiasm," he said. "This was definitely a team effort."


Parker will continue to command the 94th Airlift Wing and serve as the Dobbins Air Reserve Base installation commander, which hosts over 12,000 tenant personnel and 13 tenant units.