United States Secretary of the Air ForceThe flag of the Secretary of the Air Force
The Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF) 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 Forces into a separate service branch.
The Office of the SECAF includes the Secretary, Under Secretary, Assistant Secretaries, General Counsel, The Inspector General, Air Reserve Forces Policy Committee, and other offices and positions established by law or the SECAF. The Office of the SECAF has responsibility for acquisition and auditing, comptroller issues (including financial management), inspector general matters, legislative affairs, and public affairs.
Chronological list of Secretaries of the Air ForceName Term of Office President(s)served under Stuart SymingtonSeptember 18, 1947– April 24, 1950Harry S. TrumanThomas K. FinletterApril 24, 1950– January 20, 1953Harry S. TrumanHarold E. TalbottFebruary 4, 1953– August 13, 1955Dwight D. EisenhowerDonald A. QuarlesAugust 15, 1955– April 30, 1957Dwight D. EisenhowerJames H. Douglas, Jr.May 1, 1957– December 10, 1959Dwight D. EisenhowerDudley C. SharpDecember 11, 1959– January 20, 1961Dwight D. EisenhowerEugene M. ZuckertJanuary 24, 1961– September 30, 1965John F. Kennedyand Lyndon B. JohnsonHarold BrownOctober 1, 1965– February 15, 1969Lyndon B. Johnsonand Richard M. NixonRobert C. Seamans, Jr.February 15, 1969– May 15, 1973Richard M. NixonJohn L. McLucas(acting) May 15, 1973– July 18, 1973Richard M. NixonJohn L. McLucasJuly 18, 1973– November 23, 1975Richard M. Nixonand Gerald FordJames W. Plummer (acting) November 24, 1975– January 1, 1976Gerald FordThomas C. ReedJanuary 2, 1976– April 6, 1977Gerald Fordand Jimmy CarterJohn C. StetsonApril 6, 1977– May 18, 1979Jimmy CarterHans Mark(acting) May 18, 1979– July 26, 1979Jimmy CarterHans MarkJuly 26, 1979– February 9, 1981Jimmy Carterand Ronald ReaganVerne OrrFebruary 9, 1981– November 30, 1985Ronald ReaganRussell A. RourkeDecember 9, 1985– April 6, 1986Ronald ReaganEdward C. Aldridge Jr.(acting) April 8, 1986– June 8, 1986Ronald ReaganEdward C. Aldridge Jr.June 9, 1986– December 16, 1988Ronald ReaganJames F. McGovern (acting) December 16, 1988– April 29, 1989Ronald Reaganand George H. W. BushJohn J. Welch Jr. (acting) April 29, 1989– May 21, 1989George H. W. BushDonald B. RiceMay 1, 1989– January 20, 1993George H. W. BushMichael B. Donley(acting) January 20, 1993– July 13, 1993Bill ClintonGen. Merrill A. McPeak(acting) July 14, 1993– August 5, 1993Bill ClintonSheila E. WidnallAugust 6, 1993– October 31, 1997Bill ClintonF. Whitten Peters(acting) November 1, 1997– July 30, 1999Bill ClintonF. Whitten PetersJuly 30, 1999– January 20, 2001Bill ClintonLawrence J. Delaney (acting) January 21, 2001– May 31, 2001George W. BushJames G. RocheJune 1, 2001– January 20, 2005George W. BushPeter B. Teets (acting) January 20, 2005– March 25, 2005George W. BushMichael Montelongo(acting) March 25– March 28, 2005George W. BushMichael L. Dominguez(acting) March 28, 2005– July 29, 2005George W. BushPete Geren(acting) July 29, 2005– November 4, 2005George W. BushMichael WynneNovember 4, 2005– June 5, 2008George W. Bush
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- Executive Order 12909, Order of Succession of Officers To Act as Secretary of the Air Force
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