Israel Air Force chief receives medal

TEL AVIV, Israel, April 15 (UPI) -- Israeli Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan was awarded the prestigious Legion of Merit by the United States, officials said.
Air Force rethinking plan to move planes

Air Force rethinking plan to move planes

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) -- Lawmakers from Gulf Coast states welcomed word the U.S. Air Force is reconsidering its decision to relocate the 136th Airlift Wing from Fort Worth, Texas.

Air Force says no Flight 93 remains dumped

WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- The Pentagon said mistakenly discarded remains from the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks did not include any victims from the airliner crash in Pennsylvania.
Air Force cutting 13,500 civilian jobs

Air Force cutting 13,500 civilian jobs

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday it is eliminating about 13,500 civilian positions as part of a mandate to reduce personnel costs.
No further delay for U.S. Air Force tanker

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force will not further delay the award date for its $40 billion air tanker contract, a U.S. official said.

Gates drops ball on U.S. Air Force needs

ARLINGTON, Va., April 21 (UPI) -- Gen. Norton Schwartz, the U.S. Air Force chief of staff, faced biting criticism from his service's senior leaders in a video teleconference last week.

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FORT DIX, N.J., March 12 (UPI) -- After more than a year of development, the U.S. Air Force chief of staff has approved a new charter for the Air Force Expeditionary Center.

Schwartz says UAS operations to expand

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force chief of staff has called for an expansion of unmanned aerial vehicle capabilities to support future ground operations.

Air Force seeks more F-22 jets

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- The Air Force chief of staff said Tuesday he will ask U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates for more F-22 Raptor jets.

UAS operations critical in war on terror

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Neb., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The head of the U.S. Air Force, during a visit to bases in Nevada, called the evolving role of unmanned aerial systems crucial in the war on terror.

Troops to be in Afghanistan for a while

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force chief of staff was in Southwest Asia Monday and said it was likely U.S. forces would be in the region for some time.

Air Force leaders refine new mission

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Top U.S. Air Force officials, working to reorganize after a recent leadership shake-up, have returned the department's mission to a straightforward approach.

Donley letter calls for a refocus

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Air Force acting Secretary Michael Donley is backing newly installed Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz's plan to refocus the department.

Analysis: USAF counterinsurgency, Part 1

WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- The veteran military officials picked by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to take over the Air Force face a tough job redefining the service's role in what many see as the key kind of combat the U.S. military will face in the immediate future: counterinsurgency.
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor
Gates talks accountability to Air Force

Gates talks accountability to Air Force

DENVER, June 10 (UPI) -- Accountability starts at the top, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told a Colorado gathering of those responsible for U.S. intercontinental nuclear weapons.
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Norton Schwartz
Lieutenant General Norton Schwartz of the USAF, testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on July 7, 2004 in Washington. The Committee is looking into troop size and strength abroad as well as the readyness of the Reserve at home...(UPI Photo/Michael Kleinfeld)

Norton A. Schwartz (born December 14, 1951) is a United States Air Force general who is serving as the 19th and current Chief of Staff of the Air Force. He previously served as Commander, United States Transportation Command from September 2005 to August 2008. As Chief of Staff, he serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of nearly 700,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general and other service chiefs function as military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and the President. He assumed his current assignment on August 12, 2008.

General Schwartz graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1973. He is an alumnus of the National War College, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a 1994 Fellow of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Seminar XXI. He has served as Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command-Pacific, as well as Alaskan Command, Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and the 11th Air Force.

General Schwartz is a command pilot with more than 4,400 flying hours in a variety of aircraft. He participated as a crewmember in the 1975 airlift evacuation of Saigon, and in 1991 served as Chief of Staff of the Joint Special Operations Task Force for Northern Iraq in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In 1997, he led the Joint Task Force that prepared for the noncombatant evacuation of U.S. citizens in Cambodia.

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