The Defense Department officially sworn in Gen. David Goldfein as the 21st chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force during a ceremony held Friday at the Pentagon.
He is responsible for overseeing the service branch’s efforts to fully train and equip nearly 660,000 active-duty, civilian and reserve personnel, the Air Force said Friday.
Goldfein will also provide advice to the defense secretary, the National Security Council and the U.S. president as a Joint Chiefs of Staff member.
“(This is) my commitment to you — to work every day to give you everything I’ve got, to leave nothing on the table, to remain laser-focused on warfighting excellence, to find the opportunity in every challenge, to treat team building as a contact sport, and to be worthy of this honor,” he said in his pledge to the country’s airmen.
He was nominated by President Obama for the top Air Force uniformed post in April and confirmed by the full Senate June 29.
Goldfein previously served as vice chief of staff at the Air Force from August 2015 to June 2016 after he worked as Joint Staff director at the Pentagon for two years.