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Panetta Attends Air Force Ceremony for New Chief

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks with Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, at the Air Force Retirement and Appointment Ceremony, where Welsh succeeded Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz as the 20th chief of staff on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 10, 2012. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley, left, James A. Roy, chief master sergeant of the Air Force, and Air Force Gens. Mark A. Welsh III and Norton A. Schwartz, right, share a laugh before the transition ceremonies during which Welsh succeeded Schwartz as the 20th chief of staff on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 10, 2012. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrive at the Air Force transition ceremonies, where Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III succeeded Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz as the 20th chief of staff on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug.10, 2012. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • From left to right, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta; Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley; Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz; Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III; and James A. Roy, chief master sergeant of the Air Force, arrive at the transition ceremonies, where Welsh succeeded Schwartz as the 20th chief of staff on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 10, 2012. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta delivers remarks at the Air Force Retirement and Appointment Ceremony, where Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III succeeded Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz as the 20th chief of staff on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 10, 2012. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta presents Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz with the Defense Distinguished Service Medal at the Air Force Retirement and Appointment Ceremony, where Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III succeeded Schwartz as the 20th chief of staff on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 10, 2012. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, and his wife, Suzie, listen to the citation for Mrs. Schwartz's Distinguished Public Service Medal at the Air Force Retirement and Appointment Ceremony during which Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III succeeded Schwartz as the 20th chief of staff on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 10, 2012. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley