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Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force


Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force

Vice Chief of Staff
of the Air Force
Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force flag
General Larry O. Spencer

since July 27, 2012
Department of the Air Force
The Air Staff
Reports to Secretary of the Air Force
Chief of Staff of the Air Force
Seat The Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Appointer The President
Term length No fixed term
Constituting instrument 10 U.S.C. § 8034
Formation October 1, 1947
First holder Hoyt Vandenberg
Succession First in CSAF succession

The Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force (VCSAF) is the second highest-ranking military officer in the United States Air Force. In the event that the Chief of Staff of the Air Force (CSAF) is absent or is unable to perform his duties, the VCSAF assumes the duties and responsibilities of the CSAF. The VCSAF may also perform other duties that the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF), the Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF) or the CSAF assigns to him. The VCSAF is appointed by the President of the United States and must be confirmed via majority vote by the Senate.[1] By statute, the VCSAF is appointed as a four-star general.

The current Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force is General Larry O. Spencer.

List of Vice Chiefs of Staff of the Air Force (1947–)

Vice Chiefs of Staff
Number Name Portrait Tenure
1 Hoyt S. Vandenberg 1947–1948
2 Muir S. Fairchild 1948–1950
3 Nathan F. Twining 1950–1953
4 Thomas D. White 1953–1957
5 Curtis E. LeMay 1957–1961
6 Frederic H. Smith, Jr. 1961–1962
7 William F. McKee 1962–1964
8 John P. McConnell 1964–1965
9 William H. Blanchard 1965–1966
10 Bruce K. Holloway 1966–1968
11 John D. Ryan 1968–1969
12 John C. Meyer 1969–1972
13 Horace M. Wade 1972–1973
14 Richard H. Ellis 1973–1975
15 William V. McBride 1975–1978
16 Lew Allen, Jr. 1978
17 James A. Hill 1978–1980
18 Robert C. Mathis 1980–1982
19 Jerome F. O'Malley 1982–1983
20 Lawrence A. Skantze 1983–1984
21 Larry D. Welch 1984–1985
22 John L. Piotrowski 1985–1987
23 Monroe W. Hatch, Jr. 1987–1990
24 John M. Loh 1990–1991
25 Michael P.C. Carns 1991–1994
26 Thomas S. Moorman, Jr. 1994–1997
27 Ralph Eberhart 1997–1999
28 Lester L. Lyles 1999–2000
29 John W. Handy 2000–2001
30 Robert H. Foglesong 2001–2003
31 T. Michael Moseley 2003–2005
32 John D.W. Corley 2005–2007
33 Duncan J. McNabb September 2007 - September 5, 2008
34 William M. Fraser III October 9, 2008 - August 27, 2009
35 Carrol H. Chandler August 27, 2009 - January 14, 2011
36 Philip M. Breedlove January 14, 2011 - July 27, 2012
37 Larry O. Spencer July 27, 2012 - incumbent

See also


  1. ^ "10 USC 8034. Vice Chief of Staff". Retrieved November 9, 2007. 

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