Gen. Mark Welsh became the Air Force’s 20th Chief of Staff during a ceremony at JB Andrews, Md., on Aug. 10. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley swore in Welsh at 11:56 a.m. US East Coast time. “Today, being sworn in as the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, I just feel humble,” Welsh told the assembled airmen and guests after assuming command. “No one has been more proud to be your Chief of Staff, and it’s about time I get to work.” Welsh replaced Gen. Norton Schwartz, who served as Chief of Staff since August 2008 and is retiring from the Air Force after 39 years in uniform.
While the Air Force is keeping a seemingly optimistic outlook about the future of its MH-139 Grey Wolf fleet, despite problems receiving FAA certification, another of the service’s helicopter programs is being prematurely curtailed—and officials are already considering what might come next.