Maj. Gen. Richard P. Formica has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command.

Formica's previous assignment was commander of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Formica was commissioned into the U.S. Army on Jun. 8, 1977, as a second lieutenant. His duty stations include: Germany; Fort Sill, Okla.; West Point, N.Y.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; and Washington, D.C.

Formica has attended the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College. He has a Bachelor of Science in political science, a Master in Military Arts and Sciences in military studies, and a Master of Science in national security and strategic studies.

His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (oak leaf cluster), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (five oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (oak leaf cluster), and the Army Achievement Medal (two oak leaf clusters).