The Senate approved President Obama’s nomination of
Lt. Gen. David Goldfein to receive a fourth star for his new assignment as the Air Force’s vice chief of staff, announced service officials on Monday. Goldfein, who will assume the position in the coming months, has been assigned to the Pentagon as the Joint Staff’s director since August 2013. Obama
tapped Goldfein in April to be vice chief, succeeding
Gen. Larry Spencer, who has served in that role since July 2012 and is retiring from the Air Force after more than 35 years in uniform. The vice chief assists the Chief of Staff with organizing, training, and equipping airmen and Air Force civilian employees, and presides over the Air Staff. Spencer later this year is slated to become the Air Force Association's new President.
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Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who died fighting for their country, just like A1C William Pitsenbarger, an Air Force pararescueman who took part in more than 250 rescue missions before he was killed at the age of 21. His selflessness and valor in the Vietnam War earned him an Air Force Cross and, eventually, a Medal of Honor.
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