Norton A. Schwartz

Norton A. Schwartz ( born December 14, 1951 in Toms River, New Jersey ) is a retired general of the U.S. Air Force. He was on 12 August 2008 to 10 August 2012, the 22nd Chief of Staff of the Air Force.


Schwartz concluded in 1973, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado with a Bachelor in Political Science. In 1977 he graduated from the squadron officer school at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama in 1983 and earned a Master of Business Administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant. A year later, in 1984, he graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, and in 1989 the National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, DC.

Military career

After Schwartz was completed in 1973, the Academy and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant, he was a year abkommandiert for pilot training at the Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas. From 1974-75, he received training on the C -130 " Hercules " on the Little Rock Air Force Base, serving from 1975-77 as a First Lieutenant and pilot a C- 130E "Hercules" in the 776th and 21st tactical airmobile Season on the Clark Air Base in the Philippines. From 1977-79 was Captain Schwartz flight examiner for C- 130E / H "Hercules" in the 61st tactical airmobile season on the Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas. He was then to 1980 as a trainee to the Air Staff Training Program in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Operations and willingness to Headquarters U.S. Air Force in Washington, DC displaced. From 1980-83 he was back to flight examiner for MC- 130E in the 8th Special Operations squadron at Hurlburt Field in the Florida, where he was promoted to Major in 1982 also. After his stay at the Armed Forces Staff College, he was in 1984 again to Washington ( DC ) are added to the U.S. Air Force Headquarters in the Directorate of Plans. In 1985 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.

From 1986-88, Schwartz was commander of the 36th tactical airmobile Season on the McChord Air Force Base. After graduating from the National War College, 1989 he became director of plans and strategies of the Special Operations Command Europe, the special operations component of U.S. European Command, Patch Barracks in Stuttgart -Vaihingen. From 1991-93 served Schwartz, 1991 promoted to Colonel as Deputy Commander and Commander of the 1st Special Operations Group at Hurlburt Field. From 1993-95 was only Deputy Director of Operations and then Deputy Director of troops in the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations in the Washington headquarters office. From 1995-97 Schwartz was commander of the 16th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Florida and was promoted to Brigadier General in 1996. He then became commander of the Special Operations Command Pacific, the Special Operations component of the U.S. Pacific Command, Camp HM in Smith in Hawaii. From 1998 to 2000 he was Director of Strategic Planning at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, was promoted to Major General in 1999 and was from 2000, already promoted to Lieutenant General until 2002 commander of the Alaskan NORAD Region Command of Alaska and the 11th Air Force at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.

He was Director of Operations in the Joint Staff under the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington ( DC) from October 2002 to 2004. Then he commanded as a director until 2005 the Joint Staff before he took over the command of the U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois on 22 September 2005 and was promoted to General in October.

June 9, 2008 Schwartz was nominated for the post of Chief of Staff of the Air Force ( CSAF ) and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 1. On 12 August 2008, he took over the post of the CSAF, a position he held until August 10, 2012. He was succeeded by General Mark A. Welsh.


Selection of decorations, sorted on the basis of the Order of Precedence of Military Awards:


On July 22, 2008 Schwartz said during a hearing in the U.S. Senate that the objectives set out in the Russian newspaper Izvestia Russian plans, in response to the NATO missile defense program in Europe, including long-range bombers Tu- 160 and Tu- 95MC Cuba a stopover, for the United States of crossing a red line would mean.