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Jul 31, 2020
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Last week, Defense Secretary Bob Gates cashiered the leadership of the Air Force for incompetence. Fresh from the Pentagon, here’s Gates’s picks for the top jobs. Mike Donley will be secretary and Gen. Norton Schwartz will be service chief. Gates’ full statement after the jump.
“Today I provided my recommendation to the President for the nominations to the top civilian and military leadership positions in the Air Force.
“I recommended that Michael Donley be nominated to serve as Secretary of the Air Force.
“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. Mike served as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management in the first Bush Administration and, for a period, as Acting Secretary of the Air Force. In order 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.
“I further recommended to the President that General Norton Schwartz be nominated to serve as Air Force Chief of Staff.
“General Schwartz is presently the Commander of U.S. Transportation Command, which is in charge of the Department’s extensive transportation network and world-wide operations. Prior to that, General Schwartz served in senior joint military positions as Director of the Joint Staff, Director for Operations for the Joint Staff and Deputy Commander of Special Operations Command.
“In addition, I have recommended two additional Air Force military leadership changes.
“First, General Duncan McNabb, the current Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, has been recommended to take General Schwartz’s place at US Transportation Command. General McNabb has spent most of his three-plus decades in the Air Force in the areas of lift, refueling and logistics
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