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WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday confirmed Gen. Norton Schwartz as the Air Force’s 19th Chief of Staff as part of 521 military nominations approved by the chamber.

Schwartz, previously commander of U.S. Transportation Command, replaces former Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley, who last month was forced to resign by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Moseley and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne stepped down after a series of mistakes involving the Air Force’s management of nuclear weapons and parts.

Schwartz, a 1973 Air Force Academy graduate, is a command pilot who participated in the airlift evacuation of Saigon in 1975. He had planned on retiring in 2009 before Gates tapped him for the Chief of Staff post.

Also on Friday, the Senate confirmed Gen. Duncan McNabb, the Air Force’s current Vice Chief of Staff, as Schwartz’ replacement at U.S. Transportation Command.

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