The Honorable Michael B. Donley will be sworn in as the 22nd Secretary of the Air Force at a ceremony at the Air Force Memorial at 2:30 p.m. today.
The welcoming ceremony will be hosted by General Norton Schwartz, chief of staff of the Air Force. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will not only make comments at the event, he will administer the oath of office.
Secretary Donley, who has been the acting-Secretary since June 21, was confirmed by the Senate on Oct. 2.
Mr. Donley has over 26 years of experience in the national security community, including service in the Senate, White House and the Pentagon.
In his most recent position as the director of administration and management for the Defense Department, Mr. Donley was responsible for the Washington Headquarters Services, a 1,300-employee entity that oversees management of the Pentagon and DoD services within the National Capitol Region.
Mr. Donley, who was acting secretary of the Air Force for seven months in 1993 and served as the service’s top financial officer from 1989 to 1993, also served on the National Security Council and was a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee in the early 1980s.
He served in the Army’s 18th Airborne Corps and 5th Special Forces Group from 1972 to 1975. He holds bachelors and master’s degrees in international relations from the University of Southern California.