"US Defense Secretary Robert Gates launched the US Air Force in a new direction Monday by announcing an unusual choice as the service's next uniformed chief and declared an immediate halt to personnel reductions that he said had put the Air Force under too much wartime strain," Israeli newspaper Jerusalam Post reported.
The report said "Gates recommended that President Bush nominate Gen. Norton Schwartz, a Jewish 35-year man with a background in Air Force special operations, as the new Air Force chief of staff, replacing Gen. Michael Moseley, who has been sacked."
"In a sweeping shake up, Gates also formally sent former Air Force official Michael Donley's name to the White House to be the next secretary of the beleaguered service," the report added.
"Bush quickly announced he would nominate Donley, and designated him as acting secretary until he is confirmed by the Senate."
Gates said, "I intend immediately to stop further reductions in Air Force personnel."
In 2006 the Air Force began a multiyear reduction in its ranks, taking it from nearly 360,000 to an intended target of 316,000 by 2010. By halting further cuts, Gates would leave the Air Force with about 330,000 personnel, Air Force officials here said.
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