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June 09, 2008

Donley And Schwartz To Lead The Air Force

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has recommended that Michael Donley serve as secretary of the Air Force, and that Gen. Norton Schwartz, be the next Air Force chief of staff.

While Schwartz may have had some experience with special operations it is unusual that someone with a background in logistics be appointed to a chief of staff position for a service. This would normally be a role for an ex fighter pilot.

AFP had this to say.

Gates sacked air force secretary Michael Wynne and air force chief of staff General T. Michael Moseley on Thursday after an investigation found that two nuclear-related incidents resulted from systemic problems in the control of nuclear weapons and related components.

"Mike Donley is presently the director of administration and management for the Department of Defense, essentially charged with running the Pentagon and its many complex operations," Gates noted in a statement saying that "to minimize any disruption caused by this leadership transition, I have also recommended to the president that he designate Mike Donley as Acting Secretary of the Air Force effective June 21."

Schwartz is currently Commander of US Transportation Command.

AP, Has this on the past record of Norton Schwartz.

Schwartz has held several high-level assignments on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and has been commander of the U.S. Transportation Command since September 2005.

Schwartz, a pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours, served as Commander of the Special Operations Command-Pacific, as well as Alaskan Command, Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, and the 11th Air Force. Prior to assuming his current position, Schwartz was Director, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

He attended the Air Force Academy and the National War College, and he participated as a crew member in the 1975 airlift evacuation of Saigon. In 1991, he served as chief of staff of the Joint Special Operations Task Force for Northern Iraq in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

And this on Michael Donley.

"Donley is a solid, solid guy and very experienced," McPeak said.

Donley served as acting secretary of the Air Force for seven months in 1993 and was the service's top financial officer from 1989 to 1993. He is currently the Pentagon's director of administration and management, and has held a variety of strategy and policy positions in government, including a stint on the National Security Council from 1984 to 1989.

Before that he was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee staff. He served in the Army from 1972 to 1975. He earned bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Southern California.

Gates Announcement in full.

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