U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen J. Mallette (center), director of cyberspace operations for Joint Force Headquarters, North Carolina (NC) National Guard Bureau, visits with friends and readies himself prior to the start of his promotion ceremony at the NC Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Mar. 09, 2019. Family, friends, and guard members gather to watch Col. Mallette pin on the rank of Brig. Gen. He has has served for 37 years including enlisted time in the Army and Air Force.