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Gen. David Goldfein Nominated for Air Force Chief of Staff

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David Goldfein
Gen. David Goldfein
Gen. David Goldfein

Air Force Gen. David Goldfein, currently the service branch’s vice chief of staff, has been nominated to succeed the retiring Gen. Mark Welsh as chief of staff upon the scheduled completion of the latter’s four-year tenure July 1, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Goldfein became the Air Force’s second-ranked uniform officer in August 2015 after two years as director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon.

Prior to Joint Staff, he led U.S. Air Forces Central Command in Southwest Asia for nearly two years and served in a two-year stint as director of operations for Air Combat Command before AFCENT.

Goldfein holds more than 4,200 flying hours as a command pilot.

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