United States Secretary of the Air Force

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Secretary of the Air Force
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Seal of the Secretary of the Air Force
Flag of the Secretary of the Air Force.svg
Flag of the Secretary of the Air Force
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Incumbent
Barbara Barrett

since October 18, 2019
Department of the Air Force
StyleMadame Secretary
The Honorable
(formal address in writing)
Reports toSecretary of Defense
Deputy Secretary of Defense
AppointerThe President
with the advice and consent of the Senate
Term lengthNo fixed term
PrecursorSecretary of War
Inaugural holderStuart Symington
FormationSeptember 18, 1947; 72 years ago (1947-09-18)
Succession4th in SecDef succession
DeputyThe Under Secretary
(principal civilian deputy)
The Chief of Staff
(military deputy)
SalaryExecutive Schedule, Level II
WebsiteOffice of the Secretary

The Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF, or SAF/OS) is the head of the Department of the Air Force, a military department within the United States Department of Defense. The Secretary of the Air Force is a civilian appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.[1] The Secretary reports to the Secretary of Defense and/or the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and is by statute responsible for and has the authority to conduct all the affairs of the Department of the Air Force.[2]

The Secretary works closely with their civilian deputy, the Under Secretary of the Air Force; and their military deputy, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, who is the head of the United States Air Force.

The first Secretary of the Air Force, Stuart Symington, was sworn in on September 18, 1947 upon the split and re-organization of the Department of War and Army Air Forces into an air military department and a military service of its own, with the enactment of the National Security Act.

On October 16, 2019, Barbara Barrett was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Secretary of the Air Force, and was sworn in to office on October 18, 2019.[3]

Responsibilities[edit]

The Secretary is the head of the Department of the Air Force. The Department of the Air Force is defined as a Military Department.[4] It is not limited to the Washington headquarter staffs, rather it is an entity which includes all the components of the United States Air Force, including its reserve components:

The term 'department', when used with respect to a military department, means the executive part of the department and all field headquarters, forces, reserve components, installations, activities, and functions under the control or supervision of the Secretary of the department.[5]

The exclusive responsibilities of the Secretary of the Air Force are enumerated in Title 10 Section 9013 (b) of the United States Code. They include, but are not limited to:

(1) Recruiting.

(2) Organizing.
(3) Supplying.
(4) Equipping (including research and development).
(5) Training.
(6) Servicing.
(7) Mobilizing.
(8) Demobilizing.
(9) Administering (including the morale and welfare of personnel).
(10) Maintaining.
(11) The construction, outfitting, and repair of military equipment.
(12) The construction, maintenance, and repair of buildings, structures, and utilities and the acquisition of real property and interests in real property necessary to carry out the responsibilities specified in this section.[6]

Stuart Symington is sworn-in as the first Secretary of the Air Force by Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson on September 18, 1947.

By direction of the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Air Force assigns military units of the Department of the Air Force, other than those who carry out the functions listed in 10 USC 8013 (b), to the Unified and Specified Combatant Commands to perform missions assigned to those commands. Air Force units while assigned to Combatant Commands may only be reassigned by authority of the Secretary of Defense.[7]

However, the chain of command for Air Force units for other purposes than the operational direction goes from the President to the Secretary of Defense to the Secretary of the Air Force to the Commanders of Air Force Commands.[8] Air Force Officers have to report on any matter to the Secretary, or the Secretary's designate, when requested. The Secretary has the authority to detail, prescribe the duties, and to assign Air Force service members and civilian employees, and may also change the title of any activity not statutorily designated.[9] The Secretary has several responsibilities under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) with respect to Air Force service members, including to authority to convene General Courts Martial and to commute sentences.

The Secretary of the Air Force may also be assigned additional responsibilities by the President or the Secretary of Defense,[10] e.g. the Secretary is designated as the "DoD Executive Agent for Space", and as such:

... shall develop, coordinate, and integrate plans and programs for space systems and the acquisition of DoD Space Major Defense Acquisition Programs to provide operational space force capabilities to ensure the United States has the space power to achieve its national security objectives.[11][12]

Office of the Secretary of the Air Force[edit]

Office of the Secretary of the Air Force
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Agency overview
Formed1947
HeadquartersPentagon
Parent agencyDepartment of the Air Force

The Secretary of the Air Force's principal staff element, the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, has responsibility for acquisition and auditing, comptroller issues (including financial management), inspector general matters, legislative affairs, and public affairs within the Department of the Air Force. The Office of the Secretary of the Air Force is one of the Department of the Air Force's two headquarter staffs at the seat of government, the other one is the Air Staff.

Composition[edit]

The Office of the Secretary of the Air Force is composed of:

Chronological list of Secretaries of the Air Force[edit]

No. Image Name Term of office Secretary of Defense Appointed by President
Began Ended Days of Service
1 Portrait of W. Stuart Symington 97-1844.jpg W. Stuart Symington September 18, 1947 April 24, 1950 949 James Forrestal
Louis Johnson
Harry S. Truman
2 Thomas K. Finletter.jpg Thomas K. Finletter April 24, 1950 January 20, 1953 1002 Louis Johnson
George Marshall
Robert Lovett
3 Harold E Talbott.jpg Harold E. Talbott February 4, 1953 August 13, 1955 920 Charles Wilson Dwight D. Eisenhower
4 Donald A. Quarles.jpg Donald A. Quarles August 15, 1955 April 30, 1957 624
5 James H. Douglas, Jr..jpg James H. Douglas, Jr. May 1, 1957 December 10, 1959 953 Charles Wilson
Neil McElroy
Thomas Gates
6 The Air Force Role In Developing International Outer Space Law (Terrill, 1999) Page 022-1.jpg Dudley C. Sharp December 11, 1959 January 20, 1961 406 Thomas Gates
7 Eugene Zuckert.jpg Eugene M. Zuckert January 24, 1961 September 30, 1965 1710 Robert McNamara John F. Kennedy
8 Secretary of the Air Force Harold Brown.jpg Harold Brown October 1, 1965 February 15, 1969 1233 Robert McNamara
Clark Clifford
Mel Laird
Lyndon B. Johnson
9 Robert Seamans.jpg Robert C. Seamans, Jr. February 15, 1969 May 15, 1973 1550 Mel Laird
Elliot Richardson
Richard M. Nixon
Acting John L McLucas.jpg John L. McLucas May 15, 1973 July 18, 1973 64 Elliot Richardson
Bill Clements Acting
James Schlesinger
10 July 18, 1973 November 23, 1975 858 James Schlesinger
Donald Rumsfeld
Acting James W. Plummer.jpg James W. Plummer November 24, 1975 January 1, 1976 38 Donald Rumsfeld Gerald Ford
11 Thomas C. Reed.jpg Thomas C. Reed January 2, 1976 April 6, 1977 460 Donald Rumsfeld
Harold Brown
12 John C. Stetson, USAF.JPG John C. Stetson April 6, 1977 May 18, 1979 772 Harold Brown Jimmy Carter
Acting Hans Mark.jpg Hans Mark May 18, 1979 July 26, 1979 69
13 July 26, 1979 February 9, 1981 564 Harold Brown
Caspar Weinberger
14 Verneorr.JPG Verne Orr February 9, 1981 November 30, 1985 1755 Caspar Weinberger Ronald Reagan
15 Russell A. Rourke.jpg Russell A. Rourke December 9, 1985 April 6, 1986 118
Acting Edward C. Aldridge Jr.jpg Edward C. Aldridge Jr. April 6, 1986 June 8, 1986 63
16 June 9, 1986 December 16, 1988 921 Caspar Weinberger
Frank Carlucci
Acting James F. McGovern December 16, 1988 April 29, 1989 134 Frank Carlucci
William Howard Taft IV Acting
Dick Cheney
Acting John J. Welch, Jr. April 29, 1989 May 21, 1989 22 Dick Cheney George H. W. Bush
17 Donald B. Rice, Secretary of the Air Force.JPEG Donald B. Rice May 1, 1989 January 20, 1993 1360
Acting Michael Donley official portrait.jpg Michael B. Donley January 20, 1993 July 13, 1993 174 Les Aspin Bill Clinton
Acting Merrill McPeak, official military photo.JPEG Merrill A. McPeak July 14, 1993 August 5, 1993 22
18 Wfm Widnall se1.jpg Sheila E. Widnall August 6, 1993 October 31, 1997 1547 Les Aspin
William Perry
William Cohen
Acting F. Whitten Peters 01.jpg F. Whitten Peters November 1, 1997 July 30, 1999 636 William Cohen
19 July 30, 1999 January 20, 2001 540
Acting Dr Lawrence J Delaney, Acting Secretary of the Air Force.jpg Lawrence J. Delaney January 21, 2001 May 31, 2001 130 Donald Rumsfeld George W. Bush
20 James Roche.jpg James G. Roche June 1, 2001 January 20, 2005 1329
Acting Peter B. Teets, Under Secretary of the Air Force.jpg Peter B. Teets January 20, 2005 March 25, 2005 64
Acting Michael Montelongo, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller.jpg Michael Montelongo March 25, 2005 March 28, 2005 3
Acting Michael Dominguez.jpg Michael L. Dominguez March 28, 2005 July 29, 2005 123
Acting Pete Geren USAF.jpg Pete Geren [13] July 29, 2005 November 4, 2005 98
21 Michael Wynne, official portrait.jpg Michael Wynne November 4, 2005 June 20, 2008[14] 959 Donald Rumsfeld
Robert Gates
Acting Michael Donley official portrait.jpg Michael B. Donley June 21, 2008[14] October 2, 2008 103 Robert Gates
Leon Panetta
Chuck Hagel
Barack Obama
22 October 2, 2008 June 21, 2013 1723
Acting Eric Fanning.jpg Eric Fanning June 21, 2013 December 20, 2013 182 Chuck Hagel
Ash Carter
23 Deborah Lee James.JPG Deborah Lee James December 20, 2013 January 20, 2017 1127
Acting Lisa S. Disbrow, USAF, 2014.JPG Lisa Disbrow January 20, 2017 May 16, 2017 116 Jim Mattis
Patrick M. Shanahan Acting
Donald Trump
24 Heather Wilson official photo (2) (cropped).jpg Heather Wilson May 16, 2017 May 31, 2019 745
Acting Matthew Donovan official photo (cropped).jpg Matthew Donovan June 1, 2019 October 18, 2019 139 Patrick M. Shanahan Acting
Mark Esper Acting
Richard V. Spencer Acting
Mark Esper
25 Barbara M. Barrett official photo (cropped).jpg Barbara Barrett October 18, 2019 Incumbent 49 Mark Esper

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 10 USC 8013 (a)
  2. ^ 10 USC 8013 (a)-(b)
  3. ^ "Barbara Barrett confirmed as next Air Force Secretary".
  4. ^ 10 USC 101 (a)(8)
  5. ^ 10 USC 101 (a)(6)
  6. ^ 10 USC 8013 (b)
  7. ^ 10 USC 162 (a)
  8. ^ DODD 5100.1, 6.1.
  9. ^ 10 USC 8013 (f-g)
  10. ^ 10 USC 8013 (d)
  11. ^ DODD 5101.2, 3. MISSION
  12. ^ http://dod-executiveagent.osd.mil/agentListView.aspx?ID=55
  13. ^ DefenseLink News Article: Army Secretary Resigns in Wake of Walter Reed Outpatient-Care Shortfalls
  14. ^ a b Air Force Almanac 2011, Accessed on September 12, 2011

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