Joint Chiefs of Staff Nomination of Gen. David C. Jones To Be Chairman, Gen. Lew Allen, Jr., To Be Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and Adm. Thomas B. Hayward To Be Chief of Naval Operations.
The President today announced the nomination of Gen. David C. Jones, U.S. Air Force, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Jones would succeed Gen. George S. Brown, U.S. Air Force, whose second term in that office ends June 30, 1978. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff serves at the pleasure of the President for a term of 2 years, and may be reappointed. He is the Nation's highest ranking military officer.
General Jones, since 1974, has been Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The President also announced two other nominations to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. To succeed General Jones as Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, he nominated Gen. Lew Allen, Jr., U.S. Air Force. General Allen is currently serving as Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
To be Chief of Naval Operations, the President nominated Adm. Thomas B. Hayward, U.S. Navy. Admiral Hayward at the present time is Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Admiral Hayward will succeed Adm. James L. Holloway III.
The Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the Chief of Naval Operations each serve at the pleasure of the President for a term of 4 years.
Jones was born in Aberdeen, S. Dak., on July 9, 1921. He attended the University of North Dakota and Minot State College until the outbreak of World War II. He entered the Army Air Corps, beginning aviation cadet training in April 1942 and receiving his commission in February 1943.
Jones' assignments have included operational and command positions in bomber, tanker, training, and tactical fighter units, as well as service in staff positions in the Strategic Air Command and Headquarters U.S. Air Force. He was assigned to a bombardment squadron during the Korean War and accumulated more than 300 hours on missions over North Korea. In 1969 he served in Vietnam as Deputy Commander for Operations and then as Vice Commander of the 7th Air Force. He has also served as inspector, operator, planner, and Commander in Chief of United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE). Concurrent with duty as Commander in Chief, USAFE, Jones was Commander of the 4th Allied Tactical Air Force. Since 1974 he has been Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.
Allen was born September 30, 1925, in Miami, Fla. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, in 1946, with a B.S. degree and commission as a second lieutenant. He was assigned to Strategic Air Command from 1946 to 1950, and then received an M.S. (1952) and Ph.D. (1954) from the University of Illinois in physics.
From 1954 to 1957, he was assigned to Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, where he served as a physicist. From 1957 to 1961, he was science advisor to the Physics Division of the Air Force Weapons Laboratory, and from 1961 to 1965, he served in the Space Technology Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering. From 1965 to 1973, he was assigned to the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, serving at the Directorate of Special Projects in Los Angeles and at the Pentagon. In 1973 he became Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service at Fort Meade, Md. In August 1977 he became Commander of the Air Force Systems Command at Andrews Air Force Base. Since earlier this year he has been Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
Hayward was born May 3, 1924, in Glendale, Calif. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1943 and graduated in 1947 as an ensign. He has served as a pilot and as commanding officer of a fighter squadron. He has also served as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Graffias and the U.S.S. American. From 1970 to 1971, he was Commander of the Hawaiian Sea Frontier and Commandant of the 14th Naval District. From 1971 to 1973, he was Director of the Office of Program Appraisal in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy and from 1973 to 1975, he was Director of Navy Program Planning in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. From 1975 to 1976, he was Commander of the Seventh Fleet. Since 1976 he has been Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Jimmy Carter, Joint Chiefs of Staff Nomination of Gen. David C. Jones To Be Chairman, Gen. Lew Allen, Jr., To Be Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and Adm. Thomas B. Hayward To Be Chief of Naval Operations. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/244914