Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force

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Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force
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Incumbent
General Stephen W. Wilson

since July 22, 2016
Department of the Air Force
The Air Staff
AbbreviationVCSAF
Reports toSecretary of the Air Force
Chief of Staff of the Air Force
SeatThe Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia, United States
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrument10 U.S.C. § 8034
FormationOctober 1, 1947
First holderHoyt Vandenberg

The Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force (VCSAF) is the second highest-ranking military officer in the United States Air Force. In the event that the Chief of Staff of the Air Force (CSAF) is absent or is unable to perform his duties, the VCSAF assumes the duties and responsibilities of the CSAF. The VCSAF may also perform other duties that the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF), the Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF) or the CSAF assigns to him. The VCSAF is appointed by the President of the United States and must be confirmed via majority vote by the Senate.[1] By statute, the VCSAF is appointed as a four-star general.

The current Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force is General Stephen W. Wilson.

List of Vice Chiefs of Staff of the Air Force[edit]

No. Vice Chief of Staff[2] Term
Portrait Name Took office Left office Term length
1
Hoyt S. Vandenberg
General
Hoyt S. Vandenberg
(1899–1954)
10 Oct 194728 Apr 1948201 days
2
Muir S. Fairchild
General
Muir S. Fairchild
(1894–1950)
27 May 194817 Mar 19501 year, 294 days
-
Lauris Norstad
General
Lauris Norstad
(1907–1988)
Acting
2 May 19509 Oct 1950160 days
3
Nathan F. Twining
General
Nathan F. Twining
(1897–1982)
10 Oct 195029 Jun 19532 years, 262 days
4
Thomas D. White
General
Thomas D. White
(1901–1965)
30 Jun 195330 Jun 19574 years, 0 days
5
Curtis E. LeMay
General
Curtis E. LeMay
(1906–1990)
1 Jul 195730 Jun 19613 years, 364 days
6
Frederic H. Smith Jr.
General
Frederic H. Smith Jr.
(1908–1980)
1 Jul 196130 Jun 1962364 days
7
William F. McKee
General
William F. McKee
(1906–1987)
1 Jul 196231 Jul 19642 years, 30 days
8
John P. McConnell
General
John P. McConnell
(1908–1986)
1 Aug 196431 Jan 1965183 days
9
William H. Blanchard
General
William H. Blanchard
(1916–1966)
19 Feb 196531 May 19661 year, 101 days
-
Hewitt T. Wheless
Lieutenant General
Hewitt T. Wheless
Acting
13 Jun 196631 Jul 196648 days
10
Bruce K. Holloway
General
Bruce K. Holloway
(1912–1999)
1 Aug 196631 Jul 19681 year, 365 days
11
John D. Ryan
General
John D. Ryan
(1915–1983)
1 Aug 196831 Jul 1969364 days
12
John C. Meyer
General
John C. Meyer
(1919–1975)
1 Aug 196930 Apr 19722 years, 273 days
13
Horace M. Wade
General
Horace M. Wade
(1916–2001)
1 May 197231 Oct 19731 year, 183 days
14
Richard H. Ellis
General
Richard H. Ellis
(1919–1989)
1 Nov 197318 Aug 19751 year, 290 days
15
William V. McBride
General
William V. McBride
(born 1922)
19 Aug 197531 Mar 19782 years, 224 days
16
Lew Allen Jr.
General
Lew Allen Jr.
(1925–2010)
1 Apr 197830 Jun 197890 days
17
James A. Hill
General
James A. Hill
(1923–2010)
1 Jul 197829 Feb 19801 year, 243 days
18
Robert C. Mathis
General
Robert C. Mathis
(1927–2016)
1 Mar 198031 May 19822 years, 91 days
19
Jerome F. O'Malley
General
Jerome F. O'Malley
(1932–1985)
1 Jun 19825 Oct 19831 year, 126 days
20
Lawrence A. Skantze
General
Lawrence A. Skantze
(1928–2018)
6 Oct 198331 Jul 1984299 days
21
Larry D. Welch
General
Larry D. Welch
(born 1934)
1 Aug 198431 Jul 1985364 days
22
John L. Piotrowski
General
John L. Piotrowski
(born 1934)
1 Aug 198531 Jan 19871 year, 183 days
23
Monroe W. Hatch Jr.
General
Monroe W. Hatch Jr.
(born 1933)
1 Feb 19871 Jun 19903 years, 120 days
24
John M. Loh
General
John M. Loh
(born 1938)
4 Jun 19901 Apr 1991301 days
25
Michael P. C. Carns
General
Michael P. C. Carns
(born 1937)
16 May 199128 Jul 19943 years, 73 days
26
Thomas S. Moorman Jr.
General
Thomas S. Moorman Jr.
(1940–2020)
29 Jul 199411 Jul 19972 years, 347 days
27
Ralph Eberhart
General
Ralph Eberhart
(born 1946)
11 Jul 199726 May 19991 year, 319 days
28
Lester L. Lyles
General
Lester L. Lyles
(born 1946)
27 May 199916 Apr 2000325 days
29
John W. Handy
General
John W. Handy
(born 1944)
17 Apr 20004 Nov 20011 year, 201 days
30
Robert H. Foglesong
General
Robert H. Foglesong
(born 1945)
5 Nov 2001Aug 2003~1 year, 269 days
31
T. Michael Moseley
General
T. Michael Moseley
(born 1949)
Aug 20031 Sep 2005~2 years, 31 days
32
John D. W. Corley
General
John D. W. Corley
(born 1951)
Sep 2005Sep 2007~2 years, 0 days
33
Duncan J. McNabb
General
Duncan J. McNabb
(born 1952)
Sep 20075 Sep 2008~1 year, 4 days
34
William M. Fraser III
General
William M. Fraser III
(born 1952)
9 October 2008May 2009~204 days
35
Carrol Chandler
General
Carrol Chandler
(born 1952)
27 August 200913 January 20111 year, 139 days
36
Philip M. Breedlove
General
Philip M. Breedlove
(born 1955)
14 January 201129 July 20121 year, 197 days
37
Larry O. Spencer
General
Larry O. Spencer
(born 1954)
29 July 201217 August 20153 years, 19 days
38
David L. Goldfein
General
David L. Goldfein
(born 1959)
17 August 20151 July 2016319 days
39
Stephen W. Wilson
General
Stephen W. Wilson
(born 1959/1960)
22 July 2016Incumbent4 years, 52 days

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "10 USC 8034. Vice Chief of Staff". Retrieved November 9, 2007.
  2. ^ https://media.defense.gov/2013/Apr/10/2001329974/-1/-1/0/AFD-130410-035.pdf