A lot of saltiness in this thread...
I do believe CAF pilots should led the service for many of the reasons mentioned above, but that aside how is Lori not qualified to be a senior leader?
She was a line IP/weapons officer for the first 13 years in the Air Force. Went to school, was a WIC SQ/CC, OG and Wing/CC x 2. She's had 2 "exec" type jobs totaling less than 2 year over 34 years of service. She led the House office of SAF/LL (Secretary of the Air Force Legislative Liaison) and led the entire SAF/LL division. Last time I checked, we could use a senior leader or two that knows how to handle Capitol Hill. She didn't do anything other than war fighting work for 13 years...and its more like 15 years because you probably are a bit more tactical as a WIC SQ/CC. Anyhow, I don't work for her, but I have heard that she is well liked. As far as "qualifications" that most of us sport bitch about what else do you want?
ASSIGNMENTS Line ABM - 1. January 1982 - June 1982, Student, Basic Air Weapons Controller School, Tyndall AFB, Fla. Line ABM - 2. June 1982 - January 1983, Air Weapons Controller, Homestead AFB, Fla. IP/Line ABM 3. January 1983 - January 1985, Instructor Air Weapons Controller and live-fire senior director, 81st Range Control Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla. Overseas Line IP/AMB/Shop Chief in the PI! 4. January 1985 - February 1986, Chief of Training; and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 848th Air Control and Weapons Squadron, Wallace Air Station, the Philippines Neilis WIC Controller - 5. February 1986 - September 1986, Air Weapons Controller, Air Weapons Controller Division, Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev. Nellis WUG (in the 8th no less) 6. September 1986 - December 1986, Student, Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev. Nellis WIC Instructor 7. December 1986 - October 1989, Instructor and Course Manager, Air Weapons Control Division, Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev. PACAF Staff DO 8. October 1989 - August 1992, Chief of Current Operations and command briefer, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii Line ABM 9. August 1992 - May 1993, Air Weapons Controller, 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker AFB, Okla. Wing Weapons Officer 10. June 1993 - June 1994, Chief, Weapons and Tactics Branch, 965th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla. School 11. July 1994 - June 1995, Student, College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, R.I. School 12. June 1995 - September 1995, Student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va. DC Staff 13. September 1995 - December 1997, Command, Control and Communications Officer, Deputy Chief of Staff, and executive assistant to the Director, Defense Information Systems Agency, Arlington, Va. WIC ABM CC Training 14. December 1997 - June 1998, Student, mission crew commander training, Nellis AFB, Nev. WIC SQ/CC 15. June 1998 - February 2000, Commander, Command and Control Operations Division, Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev. ACC Exec 16. February 2000 - July 2001, Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va. School (outside the AF) 17. July 2001 - June 2002, Air Force Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. ABM OG 18. June 2002 - August 2004, Commander, 552nd Operations Group, Tinker AFB, Okla. (March 2003 - May 2003, Vice Commander, 405th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia) Intel Wing CC 19. August 2004 - August 2005, Commander, 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow AFB, Texas CAG Director - Pentagon 20. August 2005 - September 2006, Director, Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Led SAF/LL-House, Congress experience 21. Sep 2006 - May 2007, Chief, Air Force House Liaison Office, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, D.C. ABM Wing Commander 22. May 2007 - August 2008, Commander, 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker AFB, Okla. Staff 23. September 2008 - October 2010, Deputy Director for Force Application and Support, Directorate of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Commander of SAF/LL, more Congressional experience 24. October 2010 - June 2012, Director, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
CENTCOM - 25. June 2012 - April 2013, Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command; Deputy, Combined Forces Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, Southwest Asia.
ACC Vice/CC - 26. May 2013 - October 2014, Vice Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
PACAF CC 27. October 2014 - May 2016, Commander, Pacific Air Forces and Air Component Commander for U.S. Pacific Command; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
NORTHCOM/CC (Combatant Commander) 28. May 2016 - Present, Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). Colorado Springs, Colo.