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David L. Goldfein

David Lee Goldfein (born 1959) is a four-star general in the United States Air Force who currently serves as the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. He previously served as Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force and, prior to that, he served as the Director of the Joint Staff, a position within the Joint Chiefs of Staff who assists the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[1]

David L. Goldfein
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General David L. Goldfein in 2016
Born1959 (age 59–60)
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1983–present
RankGeneral
Commands heldUnited States Air Force
United States Air Forces Central Command
49th Fighter Wing
52nd Fighter Wing
366th Operations Group
555th Fighter Squadron
Battles/warsGulf War
Operation Allied Force
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
Distinguished Flying Cross (2)

On April 26, 2016, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that President Obama had nominated Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Goldfein to succeed General Mark Welsh as the 21st Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. His confirmation hearing took place on June 16, and he succeeded Welsh on July 1, two days after his confirmation.[2]

Military careerEdit

 
Tail and canopy of then-Lt Col Goldfein's F-16CG shot down during the Operation Allied Force at the Museum of Aviation, Belgrade

Goldfein received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis AFB, NV.

He is a Command Pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours with the T-37, T-38, F-16C/D, F-117A, MC-12W, and MQ-9.[1]

He has commanded U.S. Air Forces Central, Shaw AFB, SC and Al Udeid AB, Qatar; 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, NM; 52d Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem AB, Germany; 366th Operations Group, Mountain Home AFB, ID; and the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy.

Goldfein flew combat missions during the Gulf War, and later deployed to the Vicenza Combined Air Operations Center for Operation Deliberate Force. As commander of the 555th Fighter Squadron, he led his squadron flying an F-16 fighter in Operation Allied Force. During that operation, on 2 May 1999, Goldfein's F-16 was shot down[3] over western Serbia by a S-125 surface-to-air missile fired by the 3rd Battery of the 250th Air Defense Missile Brigade of the Yugoslav Air Force. Goldfein successfully ejected, and was subsequently rescued by NATO helicopters.[4]

AssignmentsEdit

  1. October 1983 – October 1984, student, undergraduate pilot training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
  2. October 1984 – February 1988, T-38 instructor pilot, 90th Flying Training Squadron, Sheppard AFB, Texas
  3. February 1988 – January 1992, F-16 instructor pilot and flight commander, 17th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.
  4. January 1992 – June 1992, student, USAF Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  5. June 1992 – July 1994, squadron weapons officer and Chief, Wing Weapons and Tactics, 366th Composite Wing, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
  6. July 1994 – June 1995, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  7. June 1995 – May 1996, special assistant to the Commander, Allied Air Forces Southern Europe and Sixteenth Air Force, Naples, Italy
  8. May 1996 – August 1997, executive officer to the Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  9. August 1997 – June 1998, operations officer, 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy
  10. June 1998 – July 2000, Commander, 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy
  11. July 2000 – June 2001, student, National Defense Fellow, State Department Senior Seminar, Arlington, Va.
  12. July 2001 – July 2002, Deputy Division Chief, Combat Forces, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  13. August 2002 – July 2004, Commander, 366th Operations Group, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
  14. July 2004 – June 2006, Commander, 52d Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
  15. June 2006 – January 2008, Commander, 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, N.M.
  16. January 2008 – August 2009, Deputy Director of Programs, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C.
  17. August 2009 – August 2011, Director of Operations, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
  18. August 2011 – July 2013, Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Southwest Asia
  19. August 2013 – August 2015, Director, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  20. August 2015 – July 2016, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  21. July 2016 – present, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Summary of joint assignmentsEdit

  1. June 1995 – May 1996, special assistant to the Commander, Allied Air Forces Southern Europe and Sixteenth Air Force, Naples, Italy, as a Major
  2. May 1996 – August 1997, executive officer to the Commander, Allied Air Forces Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, as a Major
  3. August 2013 – August 2015, Director, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a Lieutenant General

Awards and decorationsEdit

Personal decorations
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
  Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
    Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters
    Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor device and oak leaf cluster
    Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
    Air Medal with one silver and one bronze oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
  Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
  Air Force Achievement Medal
Unit awards
  Joint Meritorious Unit Award
     Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Service Awards
    Combat Readiness Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Campaign and service medals
National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one service star
    Southwest Asia Service Medal with two service stars
  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  Humanitarian Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Service, training, and marksmanship awards
  Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
  Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon
      Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
  Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
  Air Force Training Ribbon
Foreign awards
  Air Force Cross of Aeronautical Merit, Grand Cross (Colombia)[5]
  NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia
  Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
  Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
Other accoutrements
  US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
  Basic Parachutist Badge
  Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
  Headquarters Air Force Badge

Effective dates of promotionEdit

Promotions
Insignia Rank Date
  General August 17, 2015
  Lieutenant General August 3, 2011
  Major General July 3, 2010
  Brigadier General October 1, 2007
  Colonel April 1, 2001
  Lieutenant Colonel January 1, 1998
  Major November 1, 1994
  Captain June 1, 1987
  First Lieutenant June 1, 1985
  Second Lieutenant June 1, 1983

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "General David L. Goldfein". United States Air Force. Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2015-08-20.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ "Goldfein nominated as 21st CSAF". AETC. 26 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Airframe Details for F-16 #88-0550". f-16.net. Archived from the original on 2016-11-04. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  4. ^ Roberts, Chris (February 7, 2007). "Holloman commander recalls being shot down in Serbia". F16.net. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  5. ^ "Twitter". mobile.twitter.com.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Larry O. Spencer
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
2015–2016
Succeeded by
Stephen W. Wilson
Preceded by
Mark Welsh
Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
2016–present
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
John E. Hyten
as Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Order of Precedence of the United States
as Chief of Staff of the Air Force
Succeeded by
David H. Berger
as Commandant of the Marine Corps