07.07.09

Leahy Aide Confirmed To Air Force Post

. . . Will Lead Air Force Arm That Oversees Manpower And Reserve Affairs Including Staffing, Structure And Equipment For The Air National Guard

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate has confirmed Daniel Ginsberg, an aide to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.  Ginsberg has been a defense policy aide to Leahy since 1999.  The Senate unanimously approved the nomination late Monday.

“The President made another good choice in picking Daniel, and I’m pleased the Senate has acted promptly on his nomination,” said Leahy.  “Through Daniel’s superb staff work we have been able to accomplish much for the men, women and families of the National Guard.  He now will be able to put his talent and experience to good use in his new post.”

At the Department of the Air Force, Ginsberg will supervise manpower, military and civilian personnel, Reserve component affairs, and readiness support for the Department of the Air Force, an organization with nearly 700,000 military and civilian personnel and a budget of more than $144 billion. 

Ginsberg has assisted Leahy with his work as a senior member of the U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee -- the Senate panel that handles the writing of the annual Defense Department budget bill – and as the Democratic co-chair of the U.S. Senate National Guard Caucus.  Under Leahy and his partnership with Republican co-chair Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.), the Guard Caucus has become a major factor in congressional decisions affecting the Guard, its members, structure and equipment.

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