David L. Goldfein

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David L. Goldfein
Goldfein CSAF.jpg
Nickname(s) Dave
Born 1959 (age 58–59)
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1983–present (35 years)
Rank General
Commands held Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
Director of the Joint Staff
United States Air Forces Central Command
49th Fighter Wing
52nd Fighter Wing
366th Operations Group
555th Fighter Squadron
Battles/wars Gulf War
Operation Allied Force
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
Distinguished Flying Cross (2)
Meritorious Service Medal (3)
Air Medal (7)
Relations Major General Stephen M. Goldfein (brother)

David Lee Goldfein (born 1959) is a four-star general in the United States Air Force who currently serves as the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Before, he served as Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force and was previously Director of the Joint Staff, a position within the Joint Chiefs of Staff who assists the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[1] On April 26, 2016, it was announced that Goldfein was nominated to succeed General Mark Welsh as the 21st Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. His confirmation hearing took place on June 16, and he succeeded Welsh on July 1, two days after his confirmation.[2]

Military career[edit]

Tail and canopy of then-Lt Col Goldfein's F-16CG shot down during the Operation Allied Force at the Museum of Aviation, Belgrade

Goldfein received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983. He is a Command Pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-16C/D, F-117A, MC-12W, and MQ-9.[1] He has commanded U.S. Air Forces Central, Shaw AFB, SC and Al Udeid AB, Qatar; 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, NM; 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem AB, Germany; 366th Operations Group, Mountain Home AFB, ID; and the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy. Goldfein is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis AFB, NV.

Goldfein flew combat missions during the Gulf War, and later deployed to the Vicenza Combined Air Operations Center for Operation Deliberate Force. As commander of the 555th Fighter Squadron, also known as the Triple Nickel, he led his squadron flying an F-16 fighter in Operation Allied Force. During that operation, on 2 May 1999, Goldfein's F-16 was shot down[3] over western Serbia by a S-125 surface-to-air missile fired by the 3rd Battery of the 250th Air Defense Missile Brigade of the Yugoslav Air Force. Goldfein successfully ejected, and was subsequently rescued by NATO helicopters.

Assignments[edit]

  1. October 1983 – October 1984, student, undergraduate pilot training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
  2. October 1984 – February 1988, T-38 instructor pilot, 90th Flying Training Squadron, Sheppard AFB, Texas
  3. February 1988 – January 1992, F-16 instructor pilot and flight commander, 17th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.
  4. January 1992 – June 1992, student, USAF Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  5. June 1992 – July 1994, squadron weapons officer and Chief, Wing Weapons and Tactics, 366th Composite Wing, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
  6. July 1994 – June 1995, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  7. June 1995 – May 1996, special assistant to the Commander, Allied Air Forces Southern Europe and 16th Air Force, Naples, Italy
  8. May 1996 – August 1997, executive officer to the Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  9. August 1997 – June 1998, operations officer, 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy
  10. June 1998 – July 2000, Commander, 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy
  11. July 2000 – June 2001, student, National Defense Fellow, State Department Senior Seminar, Arlington, Va.
  12. July 2001 – July 2002, Deputy Division Chief, Combat Forces, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  13. August 2002 – July 2004, Commander, 366th Operations Group, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
  14. July 2004 – June 2006, Commander, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
  15. June 2006 – January 2008, Commander, 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, N.M.
  16. January 2008 – August 2009, Deputy Director of Programs, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C.
  17. August 2009 – August 2011, Director of Operations, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
  18. August 2011 – July 2013, Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Southwest Asia
  19. August 2013 – August 2015, Director, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  20. August 2015 – July 2016, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  21. July 2016 – present, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Summary of joint assignments[edit]

  1. June 1995 – May 1996, special assistant to the Commander, Allied Air Forces Southern Europe and 16th Air Force, Naples, Italy, as a major
  2. May 1996 – August 1997, executive officer to the Commander, Allied Air Forces Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, as a major
  3. August 2013 – August 2015, Director, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant general

Awards and decorations[edit]

Personal decorations
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edgesBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters
"V" device, brass.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor device and oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Silver oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Air Medal with one silver and one bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Unit awards
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Service Awards
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Combat Readiness Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Campaign and service medals
Bronze star
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
Bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one service star
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Southwest Asia Service Medal with two service stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Service, training, and marksmanship awards
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon
Silver oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Foreign awards
NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
Other accoutrements
COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg Basic Parachutist Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Headquarters US Air Force Badge.png Headquarters Air Force Badge

Effective dates of promotion[edit]

Promotions
Insignia Rank Date
US-O10 insignia.svg General August 17, 2015
US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General August 3, 2011
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General July 3, 2010
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General October 1, 2007
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel April 1, 2001
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel January 1, 1998
US-O4 insignia.svg Major November 1, 1994
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain June 1, 1987
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant June 1, 1985
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant June 1, 1983

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "General David L. Goldfein". United States Air Force.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ "Battle-tested general tapped to be next Air Force chief of staff". Air Force Times. 26 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Airframe Details for F-16 #88-0550". 
Military offices
Preceded by
Larry O. Spencer
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
17 August 2015 – 1 July 2016
Succeeded by
Stephen W. Wilson
Preceded by
Mark Welsh
Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
1 July 2016 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Robert Neller
as Commandant of the Marine Corps
Order of Precedence of the United States
as Chief of Staff of the Air Force
Succeeded by
Joseph L. Lengyel
as Chief of the National Guard Bureau