01 Feb 2002
Holding Steady in the Wild Blue YonderTopics:
day after Northern Alliance troops rolled into Kabul as the Taliban
withdrew without a fight, Secretary of the Air Force James
Roche (DBA '72) cautioned CNN's Larry King, "This
is going to go on for some time. And we can't be elated one
day and depressed the next. We have got to be very steady through
this. But we will keep hunting them", (Larry King Live,
November 13, 2001). Roche further noted that for the Air Force,
"there's really two conflicts going on at the same time
. . . we have eleven thousand airmen who are involved in protecting
American skies every day."
Prior to assuming his new post in June, Roche, a former Northrop
Grumman executive, served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years and was
commander of the guided missile destroyer USS Buchanan.
Other assignments in Washington have included various posts at
the State Department and Pentagon. As Air Force boss, Roche, supported
by the Air Force chief of staff, oversees 750,000 military and
civilian personnel and a budget of some $70 billion.
Class of DBA 1972