Gen. Norton Schwartz, the nominee to be the next Air Force Chief of Staff, said he would make a decision “quickly,” if confirmed, on whether the service will maintain the policy that operators of its medium- and high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicles must be rated pilots. He told this to members of the Senate Armed Services Committee in written responses to questions posed by them for his confirmation hearing on July 22, 2008. Here, Capt. Mike Edmonston (left), predator pilot, and A1C Shawn Weigman, the predator sensor operator, both from 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, perform the descent and arrival checklist at Balad AB, Iraq, Jan. 31, 2007.
US Air Force photo by SSgt. Michael R. Holzworth
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