General Counsel of the Air Force

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General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force
SAF/GC
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Incumbent
Charles A. Blanchard

since 2009
Department of the Air Force
Office of the Secretary
Style The Honorable
Reports to Secretary of the Air Force
Under Secretary of the Air Force
Seat The Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Appointer The President
Term length No fixed term
Constituting instrument 10 U.S.C. § 8019
Formation 1952
First holder John A. Johnson
Deputy Deputy General Counsel
Salary Executive Schedule, level IV[1]
Website www.safgc.hq.af.mil

The General Counsel of the Air Force (acronym SAF/GC) is the chief legal officer of the U.S. Department of the Air Force.

By U.S. law, the General Counsel of the Air Force is appointed from civilian life by the President of the United States upon the advice and consent of the United States Senate, and performs such duties as the Secretary of the Air Force specifies.[2]

According to Secretary of the Air Force Order No. 111.5, dated July 14, 2005, "The General Counsel is the chief legal officer and chief ethics official of the Department of the Air Force. Legal opinions issued by the Office of the General Counsel shall be the controlling opinions of the Department of the Air Force. The General Counsel provides advice in accordance with applicable statues on any legal subject and on other matters as directed by the Secretary."[3] In other words, the General Counsel of the Air Force advises the Secretary of the Air Force, the Under Secretary of the Air Force, and the Assistant Secretaries of the Air Force, as well as the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and other military leaders of the United States Air Force on legal matters, other than those statutory duties under the Uniform Code of Military Justice performed by the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force.

List of General Counsels of the Air Force (Incomplete List)[edit]

Name Assumed Office Left Office President Appointed By Secretary Served Under
John A. Johnson 1952 1958 Dwight Eisenhower Thomas K. Finletter, Harold E. Talbott, Donald A. Quarles, James H. Douglas, Jr.
Stephen N. Shulman 1965 1965 Lyndon Johnson Eugene M. Zuckert
Eugene R. Sullivan 1982 1986 Ronald Reagan Verne Orr, Russell A. Rourke
Anne N. Foreman 1987 1989 Ronald Reagan Edward C. Aldridge, Jr.
Gilbert F. Casellas 1993 1994 Bill Clinton Sheila Widnall
Sheila C. Cheston 1995 1998 Bill Clinton Sheila Widnall
Jeh Johnson 1998 1999 Bill Clinton F. Whitten Peters
Mary L. Walker 2001 2008 George W. Bush James G. Roche, Michael Wynne
Charles A. Blanchard 2009 Present Barack Obama Michael B. Donley

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 5 U.S.C. § 5315
  2. ^ 10 U.S.C. § 8019
  3. ^ General Counsel webpage

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