Former Air Force officer and psychologist Johnnie “Jack” Cochran has been selected as the U.S. Air Force’s top psychologist for the next five years, the Air Force announced Thursday.
The announcement was made during a ceremony at the Pentagon.
Cochran has led Air Force Psychological Services since 2011.
The announcement came as the Air National Guard prepares to begin a new deployment in Afghanistan.
“The Air Force will always be at the forefront of innovation and new knowledge for our servicemembers and our country,” said Gen. Charles D. Lummis, the commander of Air Combat Command.
According to the Air Forces National Profile of Psychological Fitness, Cochran’s expertise includes military operations, aviation, psychological operations, military psychology and mental health.
He has worked for the Air Corps, Air Force Special Operations Command, the U., Air Force Intelligence, the Army’s Special Operations Executive Command, Air Combat Training Command, and the Air Mobility Command.
The Air Force has a growing number of psychologists working at Air Force bases, the service said.
After graduating from the Air College of Science, Cochrane joined the Air Department as a physical therapist and then worked for more than two decades in military medicine.
He also worked in mental health for more, including as a psychologist in the Army National Guard.
During his service in the Air Reserve, Cochrans’ specialty was in psychopharmacology, a branch of psychology that studies the interaction between medications and the brain.
In addition to the U, Cochrons current job title is Deputy Director of the Air Resources Management Office, Air Mobility command.
The title is not part of his current job description.
A senior Air Force official told Fox News that Cochran is expected to receive a total of $40 million to $60 million in salary over the next decade, as the service continues to expand its mental health workforce.
As part of the reorganization, the number of Air Force psychologists will be reduced to the smallest level it has been in over a decade.
Currently, the services have about 7,600 psychologists working in all branches of the military.
An Air Force spokeswoman did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
With the Air Power Base being closed for the 2018 season, Airman Johnny Cochran will be working on a contract for Air Force mental health and physical health, Airforce spokesman Capt. Heather C. McPherson said in a statement.
Johnnie Cochrane has been named Air Force Deputy Director, Air Forces Psychological Services for the remainder of the 2018 fiscal year.
“Johnnie will continue to provide his expertise and experience in Air Force psychological and physical healthcare to the service and to the public in the form of continuing services, briefings, and public outreach,” she said.”
Johnnie will continue to provide his expertise and experience in Air Force psychological and physical healthcare to the service and to the public in the form of continuing services, briefings, and public outreach,” she said.