New Air Force Leaders Announced, Take Command
On Monday, US Air Force BGen Kristin Goodwin assumed command of the 4,000-member Cadet Wing at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado. Gen Goodwin’s selection has had an interesting backstory, with her sexual preference making headlines as well as her seemingly friendly relationship with Michael “Mikey” Weinstein’s MRFF “charity” — which has normally had hostile relations with USAFA leadership over the years.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis swore in new Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson on Tuesday.
For those keeping track, the Commandant of Cadets, USAFA Superintendent, Under Secretary of the Air Force (second ranking civilian), and Secretary of the Air Force are all women — an interesting statement on “diversity” in the Air Force.
Other interesting bits of trivia: Secretary Wilson and US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen David Goldfein, now the two top US Air Force leaders, were Basic Cadets together at the US Air Force Academy in 1978. Gen Goldfein — apparently after two years of bad grades and a desire to “follow rainbows” — took a year off before returning to USAFA with the class of 1983, while Secretary Wilson graduated on time in 1982.
Secretary Wilson’s class ring bears the inscription “Lord Guard and Guide” (from the Air Force Hymn), while Gen Goldfein’s bears a relief of the Cadet Chapel, which their heraldry says
signifies our dedication to God.
Mikey Weinstein’s relationship with Secretary Wilson could provide an interesting contrast to his new relationship with USAFA. Weinstein has previously said Heather Wilson left him “bleed[ing] by the side of the road.” While Weinstein has heaped effusive praise on Gen Goodwin’s selection, Weinstein has remained uncharacteristically quiet about Secretary Wilson.
The newest Superintendent of the US Air Force Academy was recently announced as MajGen Jay Silveria (USAFA 85), who will take over for the retiring LtGen Michelle Johnson. Soon-to-be LtGen Silveria has previously expressed explicit support for religious liberty and prayer, which adds yet another fascinating dynamic to these Air Force leadership changes.