United States Under Secretary of the Air Force

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Under Secretary of
the Air Force
Flag of the Under Secretary of the Air Force.svg
Under Secretary of the Air Force flag
Eric Fanning.jpg
Incumbent
Eric Fanning

since April 18, 2013
Department of the Air Force
Style Mister Under Secretary
The Honorable
(formal address in writing)
Reports to Secretary of the Air Force
Appointer The President
with the advice and consent of the Senate
Term length No fixed term
Inaugural holder Arthur S. Barrows
Formation September 18, 1947
Salary Level III of the Executive Schedule

The Under Secretary of the Air Force (USECAF, or SAF/US) is the second-highest ranking civilian official in the Department of the Air Force of the United States of America, serving directly under the Secretary of the Air Force. In the absence of the Secretary, the Under Secretary exercises all the powers and duties of the Secretary and serves as Acting Secretary when the position of Secretary is vacant. The Under Secretary of the Air Force is appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent the Senate, to serve at the President's pleasure.

The Secretary and Under Secretary, together with two military officers (the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force), constitute the senior leadership team of the Department of the Air Force.

The Under Secretary of the Air Force supervises the following officials:

The current Under Secretary of the Air Force is Eric Fanning, who was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 18, 2013.

List of Under Secretaries of the Air Force[edit]

Under Secretaries of the Air Force
# Portrait Name Tenure
1 Arthur S. Barrows September 26, 1947 - April 21, 1950
2 John McCone.jpg John A. McCone June 15, 1950 - October 12, 1951
3 Roswell Gilpatric.PNG Roswell L. Gilpatric October 19, 1951 - February 5, 1953
4 James H. Douglas, Jr..jpg James H. Douglas, Jr. March 3, 1953 - April 30, 1957
5 Malcolm A. MacIntyre June 5, 1957 - July 31, 1959
6 The Air Force Role In Developing International Outer Space Law (Terrill, 1999) Page 022-1.jpg Dudley C. Sharp August 3, 1959 - December 10, 1959
7 Joseph V. Charyk.jpg Joseph V. Charyk January 28, 1960 - March 1, 1963
8 Brockway McMillan.jpg Brockway McMillan June 12, 1963 - September 30, 1965
9 Norman S. Paul October, 1965 - September, 1967
10 Townsend Hoopes September, 1967 - February, 1969
11 John L McLucas.jpg John L. McLucas February 1969 - July 1973
12 James W. Plummer.jpg James W. Plummer December 21, 1973 - June, 28 1976
13 Hans Mark.jpg Hans M. Mark 1977 - 1979
14 Antonia Handler Chayes 1979 - 1981
15 Edward C. Aldridge Jr.jpg Edward C. Aldridge, Jr. 1981 - June 9, 1986
16 James F. McGovern 1986 - 1989
17 Anne N. Foreman 1989 - 1993
18 Rudy de Leon, official military photo, 1997.jpg Rudy de Leon 1994 - 1997
19 F. Whitten Peters 01.jpg F. Whitten Peters 1997 - 1999
20 Carol DiBattiste, Under Secretary of the Air Force.jpg Carol A. DiBattiste 1999 - 2001
(Acting) Dr Lawrence J Delaney, Acting Secretary of the Air Force.jpg Lawrence J. Delaney 2001
21 Peter B. Teets, Under Secretary of the Air Force.jpg Peter B. Teets 2001 - 2005
22 Ronald M Sega, Under Secretary of the Air Force.jpg Ronald M. Sega 2005 - 2007
Vacancy 2007-2010
23 Erin C Conaton, Under Secretary of the Air Force, official portrait.jpg Erin C. Conaton 2010 - 2012
(Acting) Dr Jamie M. Morin, USAF.jpg Jamie M. Morin 2012 - 2013
24 Eric Fanning.jpg Eric Fanning April 18, 2013 - Present

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • HAF MISSION DIRECTIVE 1-2, UNDER SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE, 8 SEPTEMBER 2008, accessed on 2011-01-10.
  • Department of Defense Key Officials 1947-2004. Washington, D.C.: Historical Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense, 2004
  • Office of the Secretary of the Air Force – Organizational and Functional Charts 1947-1984. Washington, D.C.; Office of Air Force History, 1985
  • Report To The Congress – Use of Missile Procurement Funds To Finance Research And Development Efforts – B-146876. Washington, D.C.; Comptroller General of the United States, 1969
  • Watson, George M., Office of the Secretary of the Air Force 1947-65. Washington, D.C.; Center for Air Force History, 1993

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