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USAF Chiefs of Staff

Note: This exhibit is located in the connecting link between the World War II and Korean War Galleries.

The Department of the Air Force manages all elements of the U.S. Air Force. It is administered by a civilian secretary appointed by the president and is supervised by a military chief of staff. The chief of staff, U.S. Air Force, is appointed by the president from among the Air Force general officers, with the consent of the U.S. Senate, normally for a four-year term. He is the principal advisor to the secretary of the Air Force. He presides over the Air Staff, and transmits Air Staff plans and recommendations to the secretary of the Air Force and acts as the secretary's agent in carrying them out. He is responsible for the efficiency of the Air Force and the preparation of its forces for military operations. He supervises the administration of Air Force personnel assigned to unified organizations and specified commands. Also, he supervises support of the forces assigned by the Air Force as directed by the secretary of defense. He serves as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Armed Forces Policy Council. In the JCS capacity, he is one of the military advisors to the president and the National Security Council and the secretary of defense.

1947-1948 -- Gen. Carl A. Spaatz
1948-1953 -- Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg
1953-1957 -- Gen. Nathan F. Twining
1957-1961 -- Gen. Thomas D. White
1961-1965 -- Gen. Curtis E. LeMay
1965-1969 -- Gen. John P. McConnell
1969-1973 -- Gen. John D. Ryan
1973-1974 -- Gen. George S. Brown
1974-1978 -- Gen. David C. Jones
1978-1982 -- Gen. Lew Allen Jr.
1982-1986 -- Gen. Charles A. Gabriel
1986-1990 -- Gen. Larry D. Welch
1990 -- Gen. Michael J. Dugan
1990-1994 -- Gen. Merrill A. McPeak
1994-1997 -- Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman
1997-2001 -- Gen. Michael E. Ryan
2001-2005 -- Gen. John P. Jumper
2005-2008 -- Gen. T. Michael Moseley
2008-2012 -- Gen. Norton A. Schwartz
2012-2016 -- Gen. Mark A. Welsh III

2016-Present -- Gen. David L. Goldfein

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Secretaries and Chiefs of Staff of the United States Air Force: Biographical Sketches and Portraits (Provided by AFHSO)
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In accordance with the updated guidance released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense (DoD) and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will require all visitors to wear face masks indoors effective July 30, 2021 until further notice.

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