Defense Secretary Robert Gates earlier today recommended that President Bush nominate Michael Donley to be the next Secretary of the Air Force and Gen. Norton Schwartz to serve as the next Chief of Staff. Donley is presently director of administration and management for the Department of Defense and Schwartz currently heads US Transportation Command. Gates said in a release he also recommended that President Bush designate Donley as Acting Secretary effective June 21 to minimize the disruption caused by the resignations of Michael Wynne and Gen. Michael Moseley last week. Gates also put forth two additional leadership changes: He recommends moving Gen. Duncan McNabb, the current vice chief of staff, to fill Schwartz’s vacancy at TRANSCOM, and Lt. Gen. William Fraser to take over McNabb’s No. 2 role on the Air Staff. Prior to becoming vice chief, McNabb led Air Mobility Command. Fraser is currently the assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Changes are coming this year for Airmen taking professional military education (PME) distance learning courses. Closer interactions with facilitators, a revised capstone course, and more feedback on test performance are meant to improve the overall experience for distance learning students, who often include members of the Air National Guard.