These are the highlights of the Air Force’s annual Air, Space, and Cyber conference

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland – On the heels of the US Air Force’s 69th birthday, the Air Force Association is kicking off its annual Air Space Cyber conference on Monday.

Here’s a brief look at some of the events as they unfold.


B-21 is getting a name

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An artist rendering shows the first image of a new Northrop Grumman Corp long-range bomber.
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Officials will reveal the name of the newest B-21 stealth bomber known as the Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B).

The Air Force is slated to buy 100 new bombers from Northrop Grumman, the same manufacturer of the iconic B-2 Spirit.

Earlier this year, the Air Force accepted more than 4,600 entries during a naming contest for the next-generation aircraft.

Stay tuned.


Here comes the Air Force chief …

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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter briefs the official announcement of Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, who was nominated to become the 21st Air Force chief of staff, in the Pentagon on April 29, 2016. With them is Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James.
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The Air Force’s new top officer will make his debut at the annual conference.

Gen. David Goldfein, who became the service’s top officer in July, is a seasoned command pilot with with more than 4,200 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-16C/D, F-117A, MQ-9 and MC-12W.

Goldfein has flown combat missions in operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Allied Force and Enduring Freedom.


A few new assignments

Lt. Gen. James Holmes, deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirement, will be the next Air Combat Command commander.

Lt. Gen. John Raymond, deputy chief of staff for operations, will head Air Force Space Command.

Meanwhile the current commander of Air Force Space Command Gen. John Hyten, will take over as head of US Strategic Command.

On Wednesday, the last day of the AFA conference, a few generals in new positions will participate in a senior leader panel on today’s Air Force.

Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, commander of Pacific Air Forces; Gen. Stephen Wilson, vice chief of staff for the Air Force and Lt. Gen. Marshall Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command.