US names Jewish pilot as air force chief
Gen. Norton Schwartz, a Jewish freighter pilot has been chosen by US defense secretary Robert Gates as the new Air Force chief of staff.
Last week, Gates relieved air force secretary Michael Wynne and air force chief of staff General T. Michael Moseley of their duties after a probe revealed mismanagement in the US nuclear arsenal.
In an interview with Air Force Times Weekly Moseley implied that he had been removed from duty due to his objection to a possible attack on Iran.
If confirmed by the US Senate, Schwartz would be the first Air Force chief of staff not to have served as a fighter or bomber pilot, an Air Force spokeswoman said Monday.
Schwartz is a Hercules pilot, a transportation plane used mainly during special operations. He served as the director of the strategic planning of the US Air Force in the late 1990s, where he supervised research on using the Air Force in urban warfare as well as using AC-130 gunships and satellite-guided bombs.