Dodge City native Scott Kindsvater continues to rise through the ranks as he was recently assigned as deputy chairman to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Committee with the rank of lieutenant general.

According to a news release from NATO, Kindsvater received the assignment in September to Brussels, Belgium.

Kindsvater's duties will be assisting the chairman of the committee as a principal adviser to the secretary general of NATO, as well as senior military spokesman of the 29-nation alliance.

Kindsvater graduated from Dodge City High School in 1985 and went on to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he received his bachelor's degree in general studies.

According to the NATO news release, Kindsvater is an F-15E weapons school graduate and instructor and command pilot with more than 3,600 hours of flight time.

Kindsvater has logged over 600 combat hours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

During his career, Kindsvater has received multiple awards, including Defense Superior Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters; Legion of Merit with three oak leaf cluster; Bronze Star; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters; Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters; Aerial Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters; Air Force Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal with combat device; Air Force Achievement Medal and Air Force Combat Action Medal.

In 2012, Kindsvater received the rank of brigadier general, then major general in 2016 before becoming lieutenant general this year.


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