Biographies of General Officers of the Space Force and Senior Executive Service; Deputy Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall visited Tinker Air Force Base on July 28 to receive an update on the base's support for the F-35 Lightning engine program. He is responsible for organizing, training and equipping the Air and Space Forces and for the welfare of 697,000 aviators, guardians and their families on active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilians. If confirmed by the Senate, Saltzman will become the service's highest-ranking officer and the second chief of space operations in the history of the young service. Raymond was deployed to Southwest Asia as Director of Space Forces in support of Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom operations.
Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall Talks with Air Force Undersecretary Gina Ortiz Jones, Air Force Chief of Staff General WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Senate unanimously confirmed Gina Ortiz Jones as Undersecretary of the Air Force on July 22, paving the way for former Force intelligence Air. officer to become the department's second highest-ranking civilian leader. As chief, he serves as a uniformed senior Space Force officer responsible for organizing, training, and equipping all organic and assigned space forces serving in the United States and abroad. The highest-ranking civil and military leaders of the Air and Space Forces toured Europe the week of July 10 on separate itineraries, but with a singular message: the importance of close relations with allies and partners, and the need to forge seamless interoperability day zero.
Frank Kendall was administratively sworn in on July 28 as the 26th Secretary of the Air Force, placing him as the civilian leader of the department responsible for organizing, training, equipping and ensuring the welfare of nearly 700,000 aviators, guardians and their families. Upon successful confirmation, Jones will enter a position currently held by Anthony Reardon, Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force who has been serving as Deputy Secretary of the Air Force since February.