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    New Air Force Chief of Staff Warns of ‘Formidable Challenges’ in First Message to Service

    New Air Force Chief of Staff Warns of ‘Formidable Challenges' in First Message to Service

    Gen. David Allvin waited in the wings for nearly 100 days to take over as the Air 's top uniformed officer and, after finally being confirmed by the Senate last week, he's ready to hit the ground running.

    In his first prepared message to the Air Force, an early copy of which was provided to, Allvin warned airmen of the threats they face. His remarks come during the ongoing war between Russia and , troubling conflicts in the Middle East between israel and Hamas, and growing tensions in the Pacific with . To tackle those difficult tasks, he told the service he wants to “follow through” on all his predecessors' accomplishments and apply them to challenges.

    “We know each of us is serving in a place of importance in this great Air Force, and in a time of extraordinary consequence,” Allvin wrote to the force. “We know the challenges. … Let's follow through and meet them head on!”

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    After being nominated in July, Allvin was finally confirmed by the Senate on Thursday to serve as the 23rd Air Force chief of staff, taking over for Gen. Charles “C.Q.” Brown — who left the role after he was appointed by President Joe Biden to serve as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    In his letter to the service, Allvin highlighted his predecessors — including Brown — and praised their…

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