Gen. Norton Schwartz rubs it in with a grin


Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen shake hands last Saturday before Air Force beat Navy for the first time since 2002, putting the Falcons in the driver's seat for the Commander-in-Chiefs Trophy. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz is still relishing Air Force’s 14-6 victory against Navy.

The Air Force chief of staff – a big football fan who follows the Academy and the Washington Redskins – was discussing his military career with a crowd of federal-government employees Wednesday when he broke away to talk sports.

“Some days are better than others at this job, but the truth is both Suzie and I are having fun,” he said. “An example: being on the field with [Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm.] Mike Mullen last Saturday at Navy-Air Force game …” Schwartz stopped himself and cracked a grin. It didn’t take long for the bleary-eyed crowd to giggle and applaud.

Editor’s Note: A special thank you to Air Force Times staff writer Scott Fontaine for filing this report from the front lines of Air Force leadership. He is working on a piece about Navy basketball star David Robinson, which will be published soon.


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