Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein received Senate confirmation Wednesday as the military branch’s next chief of staff and will be sworn into office Friday.
The 33-year veteran was nominated by the White House for the Air Force’s top uniformed post in April and testified at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about his nomination June 16, the branch said Thursday.
He will succeed the retiring Gen. Mark Welsh, who served as the Air Force’s lead officer for four years.
Goldfein previously managed the Air Staff as well as served on the Requirements Oversight Council and Deputy Advisory Working Group of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.
The Air Force commissioned him in 1983 and deployed him to numerous assignments across the globe.