Gen. Norton Schwartz formally became the new Air Force Chief of Staff during a ceremony yesterday at Bolling AFB, D.C. Schwartz said he is “humbled and honored” to serve in the post. He replaces Gen. Michael Moseley whom Defense Secretary Robert Gates dismissed in June, along with former Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne over what Gates said were shortcomings in the Air Force’s stewardship of nuclear weapons. Schwartz said he would work to address any shortcomings. “Knowing our nation expects our very, very best, we certainly have some things to fix, some fences to mend, and some challenges to overcome,” he said. “We will show ourselves worthy of the sacred trust our leaders, our joint brethren, and the American people place in us, because this business is all about trust.” Schwartz was most recently head of US Transportation Command at Scott AFB, Ill. (Includes AFPS report by Army SSgt. Michael Carden)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.