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Encyclopedia > United States Secretary of the Air Force

The Secretary of the Air Force is the civilian head of the United States Department of the Air Force, a component organization of the Department of Defense. He reports directly to the Secretary of Defense and is responsible for running the day-to-day affairs of the United States Air Force. The first Secretary of the Air Force, Stuart Symington, was appointed in 1947 upon the re-organization of the Army Air Force into a separate service branch.


The Secretary of the Air Force is appointed by the President and must be approved by the Senate.


The current Secretary of the Air Force is Dr. James G. Roche. Roche submitted his resignation on 16 November 2004. Secretary Roche plans to depart January 20, 2005, or sooner if his successor is confirmed by the Senate before then.

Secretaries of the Air Force
Name Term of Office President(s) served under
Stuart Symington September 18, 1947 - April 24, 1950 Harry S. Truman
Thomas K. Finletter April 24, 1950 - Jan. 20, 1953 Harry S. Truman
Harold E. Talbott February 4, 1953 - August 13, 1955 Dwight Eisenhower
Donald A. Quarles August 15, 1955 - April 30, 1957 Dwight Eisenhower
James H. Douglas Jr. May 1, 1957 - December 10, 1959 Dwight Eisenhower
Dudley C. Sharp December 11, 1959 - January 20, 1961 Dwight Eisenhower
Eugene M. Zuckert January 24, 1961 - September 30, 1965 John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson
Harold Brown October 1, 1965 - February 15, 1969 Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon
John L. McLucas (acting) May 15, 1973 - July 18, 1973 Richard M. Nixon
John L. McLucas July 18, 1973 - November 23, 1975 Richard M. Nixon and Gerald Ford
James W. Plummer (acting) November 24, 1975 - January 1, 1976 Gerald Ford
Thomas C. Reed January 2, 1976 - April 6, 1977 Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter
John C. Stetson April 6, 1977 - May 18, 1979 Jimmy Carter
Hans Mark (acting) May 18, 1979 - July 26, 1979 Jimmy Carter
Hans Mark July 26, 1979 - February 9, 1981 Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan
Verne Orr February 9, 1981 - November 30, 1985 Ronald Reagan
Russell A. Rourke December 9, 1985 - April 6, 1986 Ronald Reagan
Edward C. Aldridge Jr. (acting) April 8, 1986 - June 8, 1986 Ronald Reagan
Edward C. Aldridge Jr. June 9, 1986 - December 16, 1988 Ronald Reagan
James F. McGovern (acting) December 16, 1988 - April 29, 1989 Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush
John J. Welch Jr. April 29, 1989 - May 21, 1989 George H. W. Bush
Donald B. Rice May 22, 1989 - January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
Michael B. Donley (acting) January 20, 1993 - July 13, 1993 Bill Clinton
Gen. Merrill A. McPeak (acting) July 14, 1993 - August 5, 1993 Bill Clinton
Sheila E. Widnall August 6, 1993 - October 31, 1997 Bill Clinton
F. Whitten Peters (acting) November 1, 1997 - July 30, 1999 Bill Clinton
F. Whitten Peters July 30, 1999 - January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
James G. Roche January 20, 2001 - Present George W. Bush

External links

  • Biography of current Secretary James G. Roche (http://www.defenselink.mil/bios/roche_bio.html)
  • US Air Force Senior Leadership (http://www.af.mil/library/afchain.asp)

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