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Air Force leaders chair first nuclear oversight board

12/12/2008 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Air Force leaders gathered to discuss efforts related to reinvigorating the service's nuclear enterprise Dec. 10 at the Pentagon.

This was the first meeting of the newly-created Air Force Nuclear Oversight Board, which was created as part of the Air Force Nuclear Roadmap released Oct. 24.

The board is chaired by Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and is scheduled to meet on a quarterly basis.

The group discussed the stand up of the provisional headquarters for the new Air Force Global Strike Command at its temporary location at Bolling Air Force Base, D.C., as well as manning for new organizations, streamlining the inspection process and other milestones supporting the command, which is planned to reach initial operating capability in September 2009.

"Reinvigorating the Air Force nuclear enterprise is our top priority," Secretary Donley said. "The nuclear oversight board will be an invaluable vehicle for the chief and me to assess nuclear issues and our progress on the nuclear roadmap with senior Air Force leaders."

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