Indian American Ravi Chaudhary took the oath of office as the assistant secretary of the Air Force for energy, installations, and the environment during a ceremony held at the Pentagon on April 7. The U.S. Senate confirmed him for the position on March 15, 2023.
The former C-17 Globemaster III pilot and Federal Aviation Administration executive, was most recently the acting deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for energy.
In a congratulatory message, Frank Kendall, Secretary of the Air Force, said, "We’re excited for his leadership in our energy, installations, and environmental initiatives. Ravi’s experience serving in numerous government agencies, including the Department of the Air Force as a pilot, space launch engineer, and acquisition officer, will be a major asset to our team as he steps into his new role."
In the new role, Chaudhary will be in charge of carrying out plans, policies, programs, and budgets to satisfy the Department of the Air Force's objectives in the areas of energy, installations, the environment, safety, and occupational health.
Chaudhary was commissioned in the Air Force in 1993 upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy. He completed 21 years of service in a variety of command, flying, engineering, and senior staff assignments in the Air Force.