WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today applauded the nomination of U.S. Gen. Mark Welsh as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. If confirmed, Welsh will become the 20th U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, succeeding U.S. Gen. Norton Schwartz.


“I welcome today’s nomination of General Welsh as the next Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force,” said Inhofe. “With over 36 years of service to our nation, General Welsh has the experience and expertise necessary to lead the U.S. Air Force to success. If confirmed, I look forward to working with him to ensure our nation maintains the best manned, equipped, and trained Air Force in the world.”


Inhofe continued, “I commend General Schwarz for his dedicated leadership. Time and time again, he has epitomized selfless service and integrity. His service as Chief of Staff will have a lasting impact on the Air Force.”


A distinguished fighter pilot, Welsh currently commands the United States Air Forces in Europe, including providing leadership to the 3rd and 17th Air Forces covering Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.