10 U.S. Code § 8033 - Chief of Staff

(a)
(1) There is a Chief of Staff of the Air Force, appointed for a period of four years by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from the general officers of the Air Force. He serves at the pleasure of the President. In time of war or during a national emergency declared by Congress, he may be reappointed for a term of not more than four years.
(2) The President may appoint an officer as Chief of Staff only if—
(A) the officer has had significant experience in joint duty assignments; and
(B) such experience includes at least one full tour of duty in a joint duty assignment (as defined in section 664 (f) of this title) as a general officer.
(3) The President may waive paragraph (2) in the case of an officer if the President determines such action is necessary in the national interest.
(b) The Chief of Staff, while so serving, has the grade of general without vacating his permanent grade.
(c) Except as otherwise prescribed by law and subject to section 8013 (f) of this title, the Chief of Staff performs his duties under the authority, direction, and control of the Secretary of the Air Force and is directly responsible to the Secretary.
(d) Subject to the authority, direction, and control of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Chief of Staff shall—
(1) preside over the Air Staff;
(2) transmit the plans and recommendations of the Air Staff to the Secretary and advise the Secretary with regard to such plans and recommendations;
(3) after approval of the plans or recommendations of the Air Staff by the Secretary, act as the agent of the Secretary in carrying them into effect;
(4) exercise supervision, consistent with the authority assigned to commanders of unified or specified combatant commands under chapter 6 of this title, over such of the members and organizations of the Air Force as the Secretary determines;
(5) perform the duties prescribed for him by section 171 of this title and other provisions of law; and
(6) perform such other military duties, not otherwise assigned by law, as are assigned to him by the President, the Secretary of Defense, or the Secretary of the Air Force.
(e)
(1) The Chief of Staff shall also perform the duties prescribed for him as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under section 151 of this title.
(2) To the extent that such action does not impair the independence of the Chief of Staff in the performance of his duties as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chief of Staff shall inform the Secretary regarding military advice rendered by members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on matters affecting the Department of the Air Force.
(3) Subject to the authority, direction, and control of the Secretary of Defense, the Chief of Staff shall keep the Secretary of the Air Force fully informed of significant military operations affecting the duties and responsibilities of the Secretary.

Source

(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 492, § 8034; Pub. L. 85–599, § 4(d), (e),Aug. 6, 1958, 72 Stat. 517; Pub. L. 87–651, title I, § 114,Sept. 7, 1962, 76 Stat. 513; Pub. L. 90–22, title IV, § 403,June 5, 1967, 81 Stat. 53; Pub. L. 96–513, title V, § 504(2),Dec. 12, 1980, 94 Stat. 2915; Pub. L. 97–22, § 10(b)(9),July 10, 1981, 95 Stat. 137; renumbered § 8033 and amended Pub. L. 99–433, title V, § 522(c),Oct. 1, 1986, 100 Stat. 1061; Pub. L. 100–456, div. A, title V, § 519(a)(3),Sept. 29, 1988, 102 Stat. 1972.)

Historical and Revision Notes 1956 Act
Revised section Source (U.S. Code) Source (Statutes at Large)
8034(a)
8034(b) 10:1812 (1st sentence).
10:1812 (less 1st sentence). Sept. 19, 1951, ch. 407, §§ 202, 204, 65 Stat. 328.
8034(c)
8034(d) 10:1814(a) (1st 10 words).
10:1814(b) (2d sentence).
10:1814(c).
10:38 (last par.).
10:1814(a) (less 1st 10 words).
10:1814(b) (less 2d sentence). June 3, 1916, ch. 134, § 5 (last par.); added June 15, 1933, ch. 87, § 2 (last par.), 48 Stat. 154.

In subsection (a), the words “not for” are substituted for the words “no person shall serve as Chief of Staff for a term of”.
In subsection (b), the words “so serving” are substituted for the words “holding office as such”. The words “regular or reserve” are substituted for the word “permanent”, since there are no other “permanent” grades in the Air Force. The words “in the Air Force” are omitted as surplusage. The words “and shall take rank as prescribed by law” are omitted as superseded by section 743 of this title. The words “He shall receive the compensation prescribed by law” are omitted as covered by the Career Compensation Act of 1949, 63 Stat. 802 (37 U.S.C. 231 et seq.).
In subsection (c), the provisions of 10:1814 relating to the direction of the Secretary of the Air Force over the Chief of Staff are combined. The words “and subsection (c) of this section” and “state of” are omitted as surplusage.
In subsection (d), 10:38 (last par.) is omitted as covered by 10:1814(a). The words “and other provisions of law” are substituted for the words “and by other laws”.
1962 Act
The changes correct references to section 202(j) of the National Security Act of 1947, which is now set out as section 124 of title 10.
Prior Provisions

A prior section 8033 was renumbered section 10305 of this title.
Amendments

1988—Subsec. (a)(2)(B). Pub. L. 100–456substituted “full tour of duty in a joint duty assignment (as defined in section 664 (f) of this title)” for “joint duty assignment”.
1986—Pub. L. 99–433renumbered section 8034 of this title as this section, substituted “Chief of Staff” for “Chief of Staff: appointment; duties” in section catchline, and amended text generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows:
“(a) The Chief of Staff shall be appointed for a period of four years by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from the general officers of the Air Force. He serves during the pleasure of the President. In time of war or national emergency declared by the Congress after December 31, 1968, he may be reappointed for a term of not more than four years.
“(b) The Chief of Staff, while so serving, has the grade of general without vacating his regular or reserve grade.
“(c) Except as otherwise prescribed by law and subject to section 8012 (c) and (d) of this title, the Chief of Staff performs his duties under the direction of the Secretary of the Air Force, and is directly responsible to the Secretary for the efficiency of the Air Force, its preparedness for military operations, and plans therefor.
“(d) The Chief of Staff shall—
“(1) preside over the Air Staff;
“(2) send the plans and recommendations of the Air Staff to the Secretary, and advise him with regard thereto;
“(3) after approval of the plans or recommendations of the Air Staff by the Secretary, act as the agent of the Secretary in carrying them into effect;
“(4) exercise supervision over such of the members and organizations of the Air Force as the Secretary of the Air Force determines. Such supervision shall be exercised in a manner consistent with the full operational command vested in unified or specified combatant commanders under section 124 of this title.
“(5) perform the duties prescribed for him by sections 141 and 171 of this title and other provisions of law; and
“(6) perform such other military duties, not otherwise assigned by law, as are assigned to him by the President.”
1981—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 97–22struck out the comma after “his regular or reserve grade”.
1980—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 96–513struck out “and is counted as one of the officers authorized to serve in a grade above lieutenant general under section 8066 of this title” after “without vacating his regular or reserve grade”.
1967—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 90–22changed the requirement that the Chief of Staff be reappointed only with the advice and consent of the Senate by providing for his reappointment for a term of not more than four years by the President without such advice and consent in a time of war or national emergency as declared by the Congress.
1962—Subsec. (d)(4). Pub. L. 87–651substituted “under section 124 of this title” for “pursuant to section 202(j) of the National Security Act of 1947, as amended”.
1958—Subsec. (d)(4) to (7). Pub. L. 85–599redesignated pars. (5) to (7) as (4) to (6), respectively, and in par. (4), as redesignated, required the Chief of Staff to exercise supervision only as the Secretary of the Air Force determines and in a manner consistent with the full operational command vested in unified or specified combatant commanders. Former par. (4), which related to command over the air defense, strategic, tactical, and other major commands, was struck out.
Effective Date of 1981 Amendment

Pub. L. 97–22, § 10(b),July 10, 1981, 95 Stat. 137, provided that the amendment made by that section is effective Sept. 15, 1981.
Effective Date of 1980 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 96–513effective Sept. 15, 1981, see section 701 ofPub. L. 96–513, set out as a note under section 101 of this title.
Effective Date of 1967 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 90–22effective Jan. 1, 1969, see section 405 ofPub. L. 90–22, set out as a note under section 3034 of this title.
Waiver of Qualifications for Appointment as Service Chief

For provisions giving President temporary authority to waive requirements in subsec. (a)(2) of this section, see section 532(c) ofPub. L. 99–433, formerly set out as a note under section 3033 of this title.

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