Schwartz named Air Force chief of staff


A Jewish U.S. Air Force veteran has been tapped to be its chief of staff.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the appointment of Gen. Norton Schwartz Monday, and named Michael Donley to be the Air Force’s next secretary. The appointments are part of a shake up in the service over what the New York Times called “lapses in the handling of nuclear weapons.”

Schwartz has served in the Air Force for 35 years, and is a former deputy commander of its Special Operations Command, an elite counterterrorism unit.

Schwartz had been scheduled to retire later this year.


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