HomeNewsArticle Display

AF welcomes new vice chief of staff

Gen. David L. Goldfein is given the oath of office by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Edward "Marty" Dempsey during his promotion ceremony Aug. 6, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Goldfein will become the Air Force's 38th vice chief of staff, and most recently served as the director of the Joint Staff. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

Gen. David L. Goldfein is given the oath of office by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Edward "Marty" Dempsey during his promotion ceremony Aug. 6, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Goldfein will become the Air Force's 38th vice chief of staff, and most recently served as the director of the Joint Staff. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

The rank of general is pinned on Gen. David L. Goldfein by his wife, Dawn, and daughter, Diana Glass, during his promotion ceremony Aug. 6, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Goldfein's promotion makes him the Air Force's 38th vice chief of staff. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

The rank of general is pinned on Gen. David L. Goldfein by his wife, Dawn, and daughter, Diana Glass, during his promotion ceremony Aug. 6, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Goldfein's promotion makes him the Air Force's 38th vice chief of staff. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

The rank of general is pinned on David L. Goldfein's flight cap by his daughter, 1st Lt. Danielle Fleming, during his promotion ceremony Aug. 6, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Goldfein's promotion makes him the Air Force's 38th vice chief of staff.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

The rank of general is pinned on David L. Goldfein's flight cap by his daughter, 1st Lt. Danielle Fleming, during his promotion ceremony Aug. 6, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Goldfein's promotion makes him the Air Force's 38th vice chief of staff. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

Gen. David L. Goldfein makes his remarks during his promotion ceremony Aug. 6, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Goldfein will become the Air Force's 38th vice chief of staff and most recently served as the director of the Joint Staff. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

Gen. David L. Goldfein makes his remarks during his promotion ceremony Aug. 6, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Goldfein will become the Air Force's 38th vice chief of staff and most recently served as the director of the Joint Staff. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

Gen. David L. Goldfein and his wife, Dawn, depart the revue where he was promoted during a ceremony Aug. 6, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Goldfein will become the Air Force's 38th vice chief of staff and most recently served as the director of the Joint Staff. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

Gen. David L. Goldfein and his wife, Dawn, depart the revue where he was promoted during a ceremony Aug. 6, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Goldfein will become the Air Force's 38th vice chief of staff and most recently served as the director of the Joint Staff. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force welcomed an Airman to the rank of four-star general and announced the appointment of the new Air Force vice chief of staff during a ceremony at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., Aug. 6.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A Welsh III presided over the ceremony for Gen. David L. Goldfein in front of a crowd of more than 1,000 Airmen and distinguished visitors that included Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, several U.S. ambassadors, current and former members of the 720th Special Tactics Group, and first responders from the New York City Fire Department among others.

“General Goldfein knows this isn’t a reward, it’s a challenge,” Welsh said. “He respects the opportunity; he is not intimidated by it, and he also acknowledges the unbelievable privilege it represents. He deserves this promotion, and more importantly, the Air Force deserves his leadership.”

As the previous director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, Goldfein assisted the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in fulfilling his responsibilities as the principal military adviser to the president and secretary of Defense. He developed and provided strategic direction, policy guidance and planning focus to the Joint Staff and fostered clear communication among the president, secretary of Defense, unified commands and the services. With more than 4,200 flying hours since his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983, Goldfein has flown combat missions in operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Northern Watch, Allied Force and Enduring Freedom.

During the ceremony, Col. J.J. Johnson, the commander of the 720th STG, made several presentations to recognize Goldfein’s history with the special operations unit that started nearly two decades ago behind enemy lines.

“For those of you who don’t know it, General Goldfein was shot down over Kosovo,” Johnson said. “Sixteen years, three months and four days ago (today), a rescue team from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron went in, got him and brought him back. Every year on the anniversary of that day, he sends the unit a bottle of scotch. Today, we want to return the favor.”

After thanking those in attendance and remembering the heroes who helped him during his career, Goldfein ended the ceremony with a promise.

“It’s not about what we do, but who we are,” he said. “My promise to you, with this fourth star, is that I will do my best to be a better man, husband, father and a better officer for the Air Force.”

Engage

Facebook Twitter
Relief efforts are well underway @TeamTyndall after #HurricaneMicheal. Total Force #Airmen are working hard with ou… https://t.co/n4rsJ724RT
RT @AETCommand: NCOs interested in becoming Enlisted RPA pilots have until Oct. 31 to submit applications to fill training slots for FY'19…
A message from @SecAFOfficial, @GenDaveGoldfein & CMSAF Wright following their visit @TeamTyndall.… https://t.co/mkpcvSbkWE
.@AFResearchLab and #USAF partners collaborate for the Metals Affordability Initiative, allowing researchers to tak… https://t.co/EahCYtCTrw
RT @SecAFOfficial: Happy Birthday @USNavy! Sorry for the mix up with the first cake @secnav76 #NavyBday https://t.co/u45vk1Ycia
We may have sunk them a week ago, but today we're raising them up! Happy 243rd Birthday @USNavy! #ForgedByTheSea https://t.co/0ChzNKZBmF
Defenders from the 822d Base Defense Squadron, #MoodyAFB, #Georgia, load ammo before providing base security… https://t.co/1tiwatRQup
#AirForce Special Tactics Airmen with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron access #TyndallAFB's airfield, Florida, Oct… https://t.co/VvVMGc2Xt1
For updates on our #HurricaneMichael relief efforts, follow our Twitter Moment. ⚡️ “United States Air Force emergen… https://t.co/bhXpAgS66A
RT @USNationalGuard: .@FLGuard 's CERFP team performs a reconnaissance mission of Mexico Beach. See more from the #HurricaneMichael respons…
RT @AFCareers: AFPC supports @TeamTyndall & all AF personnel/families affected by Hurricane Michael. Click below for updates on Tyndall, in…
RT @DeptofDefense: Actor Patrick Fugit portrays @NASA astronaut Elliot See in the new film, @FirstManMovie. Fugit comes from a long line of…
#DYK The 43rd Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron provides one of the most underrated missions in @USAFCENT!… https://t.co/AcaNBYAegu
.@AFResearchLab's 40-month SLATE program concludes w/ demo @NellisAFB, leaving trainees "untethered."… https://t.co/YL4OIr8E5n
RT @SecAFOfficial: Our first priority is our people. Please stay safe -- take care of yourselves & your families, @TeamTyndall. https://t.c…