New Air Force Vice Chief

By James Drew / April 22, 2015 at 1:40 PM

Lt. Gen. David Goldfein has been tapped to become the next Air Force vice chief of staff, a position currently held by Gen. Larry Spencer.

The former F-117 Nighthawk pilot has served as director of the Joint Staff since 2013, and has been appoint to the rank of general by the president, according to an April 22 Defense Department announcement. Spencer, who is retiring, took the vice chief position in 2012.

Other nominations include Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, who would replace Gen. Robin Rand as head of Air Education and Training Command. Rand was confirmed by the Senate in March to take charge of Air Force Global Strike Command.

In a third announcement, Maj. Gen. Timothy Ray has been picked to replace Gen. Frank Gorenc as commander of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe. Ray is currently the director of global power programs within the Air Force's acquisition office.