Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
|Chief of Staff of the Air Force|
|United States Air Force|
|Type||Chief of Staff|
|Abbreviation||CSAF or AF/CC|
|Member of||Joint Chiefs of Staff|
|Reports to||Secretary of Defense|
Secretary of the Air Force
|Residence||Quarters 7, Fort Myer|
with Senate advice and consent
|Term length||4 years|
|Constituting instrument||10 U.S.C. § 9033|
|Precursor||Commanding General, United States Army Air Forces|
|Formation||18 September 1947|
|First holder||Carl A. Spaatz|
|Deputy||Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force|
The chief of staff of the Air Force (acronym: CSAF, or AF/CC) is a statutory office (10 U.S.C. § 9033) held by a general in the United States Air Force, and as such is the principal military advisor to the secretary of the Air Force on matter pertaining to the Air Force; and is in a separate capacity (10 U.S.C. § 151), a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and thereby a military adviser to the National Security Council, the secretary of defense, and the President. The chief of staff is typically the highest-ranking officer on active duty in the Air Force unless the chairman and/or the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are Air Force officers.
The chief of staff of the Air Force is an administrative position based in the Pentagon, and while the chief of staff does not have operational command authority over Air Force forces (that is within the purview of the combatant commanders who report to the secretary of defense), the chief of staff does exercise supervision of Air Force units and organizations as the designee of the secretary of the Air Force.
The current chief of staff of the Air Force is General Charles Q. Brown Jr..
Department of the Air Force
Under the authority, direction and control of the secretary of the Air Force, the chief of staff presides over the Air Staff, acts as the Secretary's executive agent in carrying out approved plans, and exercises supervision, consistent with authority assigned to the commanders of the Unified Combatant Commands, over organizations and members of the Air Force as determined by the Secretary. The chief of staff may also perform other duties as assigned by either the president, the secretary of defense or the secretary of the Air Force.
Member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
The chief of staff of the Air Force is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as prescribed by 10 U.S.C. § 151. When performing his JCS duties the chief of staff is responsible directly to the secretary of defense. Like the other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the chief of staff is an administrative position, with no operational command authority over the United States Air Force.
Appointment and rank
Special uniform cap
The chief of staff is also authorized to wear a special service cap with clouds and lightning bolts around the band of the hat. This cap is different from those worn by other general officers of the Air Force and it is for use by the Chief of Staff and Air Force officers serving as Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
List of chiefs of staff of the Air Force (1947–present)
*Symbolizes chiefs that have gone on to serve as Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, which is General Nathan F. Twining, General George S. Brown and General David C. Jones.
|No.||Portrait||Chief of Staff of the Air Force||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Primary Background||Previous office||President|
|September 26, 1947||April 29, 1948||216 days||Fighters||Commanding General, United States Army Air Forces||Harry S. Truman|
Hoyt S. Vandenberg
|April 30, 1948||June 29, 1953||5 years, 60 days||Attack and Fighters||Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force||Harry S. Truman|
Nathan F. Twining*
|June 30, 1953||June 30, 1957||4 years, 0 days||Fighters and Bombers||Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force||Dwight Eisenhower|
Thomas D. White
|July 1, 1957||June 30, 1961||3 years, 336 days||Observation aircraft and Staff||Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force||Dwight Eisenhower|
John F. Kennedy
Curtis E. LeMay
|June 30, 1961||January 31, 1965||3 years, 215 days||Bombers||Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force||John F. Kennedy|
Lyndon B. Johnson
John P. McConnell
|February 1, 1965||July 31, 1969||4 years, 180 days||Fighters||Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force||Lyndon B. Johnson|
Richard M. Nixon
John D. Ryan
|August 1, 1969||July 31, 1973||3 years, 364 days||Bombers||Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force||Richard M. Nixon|
George S. Brown*
|August 1, 1973||June 30, 1974||333 days||Bombers||Commander, Air Force Systems Command||Richard M. Nixon|
David C. Jones*
|July 1, 1974||June 20, 1978||3 years, 354 days||Bombers||Commander-in-Chief, United States Air Forces in Europe|
Commander, Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force
|Richard M. Nixon|
Lew Allen Jr.
|July 1, 1978||June 30, 1982||3 years, 336 days||Bombers||Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force||Jimmy Carter|
Charles A. Gabriel
|July 1, 1982||30 June 1986||3 years, 364 days||Fighters||Commander-in-Chief, United States Air Forces in Europe||Ronald Reagan|
Larry D. Welch
|July 1,1986||June 30, 1990||3 years, 364 days||Fighters||Commander-in-Chief, Strategic Air Command||Ronald Reagan|
George H. W. Bush
|July 1, 1990||September 17, 1990||78 days||Fighters||Commander-in-Chief, United States Air Forces in Europe||George H. W. Bush|
John M. Loh
|September 18, 1990||October 29, 1990||41 days||Fighters||Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force (1990–1991)||George H. W. Bush|
Merrill A. McPeak
|October 30, 1990||October 25, 1994||3 years, 360 days||Fighters||Acting Secretary of the United States Air Force (July 14, 1993 – August 5, 1993)|
Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Air Forces
|George H. W. Bush|
Ronald R. Fogleman
|October 26, 1994||September 1, 1997||2 years, 310 days||Fighters||Commanding General, United States Transportation Command||Bill Clinton|
Ralph E. Eberhart
|September 2, 1997||October 5, 1997||33 days||Fighters||Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force (June 1997 – June 1999)||Bill Clinton|
Michael E. Ryan
|October 6, 1997||September 5, 2001||4 years, 31 days||Fighters||Commander, Allied Air Forces Southern Europe||Bill Clinton|
George W. Bush
John P. Jumper
|September 6, 2001||September 1, 2005||3 years, 361 days||Fighters||Commander, Air Combat Command||George W. Bush|
T. Michael Moseley
|September 2, 2005||July 11, 2008||2 years, 314 days||Fighters||Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force||George W. Bush|
Duncan J. McNabb
|July 12, 2008||August 12, 2008||30 days||Airlift||Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force (September 2007 – September 2008)||George W. Bush|
Norton A. Schwartz
|August 12, 2008||August 10, 2012||3 years, 364 days||Airlift and Special Operations aircraft||Commander, U.S. Transportation Command||George W. Bush|
Mark A. Welsh III
|August 10, 2012||June 24, 2016||3 years, 319 days||Attack and Fighters||Commander, United States Air Forces in Europe||Barack Obama|
David L. Goldfein
|July 1, 2016||August 6, 2020||4 years, 36 days||Fighters||Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force||Barack Obama|
Donald J. Trump
Charles Q. Brown Jr.
|August 6, 2020||Incumbent||1 year, 120 days||Fighters||Commander, Pacific Air Forces||Donald J. Trump|
The fourth Air Force Chief of Staff, General Thomas Dresser White.
The fifth chief of staff, General Curtis Emerson LeMay smoking a cigar at a Senate committee hearing.
The ninth Air Force Chief of Staff, General David Charles Jones addressing the audience during the Air Force Association annual meeting, January 15, 1975.
The tenth Air Force Chief of Staff, General Lew Allen, Jr.
The fifteenth Air Force Chief of Staff, General Ronald Robert Fogleman.
General Mark Welsh, the twentieth Air Force chief of staff inspects the graduating U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2015.
The twenty-first Air Force chief of staff, General David L. Goldfein addresses National Guard soldiers at the 139th General Conference of the National Guard Association of the United States, September 9, 2017.